The Dangers of Walking Barefoot.

The Dangers of Walking Barefoot

Do you like walking around barefoot?  There are a lot of people that as soon as they get home they kick off their shoes and walk around without shoes on this.  However, this can be hazardous.

    It can cause injuries.  If you step on something or accidentally kick something this can cause cuts or bruises. It is especially important if you are diabetic to avoid walking barefoot.  If you end up with a cut you have a greater chance of infection and it is less likely to heal as quickly.

    You can contract diseases or infections.  This is most likely to happen if you are in a public place.  If you walk around somewhere like a pool or in a locker room you may contract Athlete's Foot (tinea pedis).  While athlete’s foot is curable by over the counter medication it can be bothersome because it causes redness, itching, and even scaling.  You may also contract Warts.  This is caused when you come in contact with a virus, but can be easily avoided by wearing shoes.

If you have been walking around barefoot and have an injury or are worried you contracted an infection, Contact Us at our Bismarck Office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.

 

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