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Going Barefoot? Your Feet Need Protection

Do you love the feel of your bare feet in sand, on a soft rug or a smooth, grassy field? It can be a real pleasure but there are some activities that absolutely require foot protection.

Biking. Never ride a motorcycle or bicycle without adequate protection for your feet. There is no shield between your feet and the road. Motorcyclists should wear oil-resistant leather boots or sturdy athletic shoes. Bicyclists may wear sneakers for short rides but choose cycling shoes for longer workouts to help cushion painful pressure points. Never wear sandals or flip flops.

Cutting the grass. Too many of us underestimate the dangers presented by operating a mower with an extremely sharp blade rotating at high speeds. Each year, thousands are injured with serious injuries including burns, fractures, lacerations, severed tendons and even amputations. Going barefoot or wearing sandals and flip flops that have little protection increases the danger because of the risk of slipping. When using a mower, always wear boots or sturdy shoes that lace up for protection from sticks, rocks and glass as well as flying debris.

Driving. Although there is no Illinois law preventing driving with bare feet, it’s not a good idea. Your foot may slip off the brake or gas pedal, causing you to lose control. Wearing flip flops isn’t recommended either as these can slip off and get wedged under the pedals.

Children Love To Go Barefoot but …

Although they love to slip their shoes off, make sure that your child is equipped with appropriate, high quality shoes for each activity.

Except for sports like swimming and gymnastics, foot protection is essential in sports and recreation. Never let your child skateboard or bicycle in bare feet as, without adequate protection, they will be vulnerable to lacerations and fractures.

A Special Note for Those with Diabetes

To avoid serious foot complications, patients with diabetes must be extra careful to protect their feet. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to avoid going barefoot even indoors. Because many patients with diabetes also have neuropathy or nerve damage, they may not realize it when they step on a sharp object or damage the bottom of their feet in any other way. Any small injury like a bruise, cut or puncture can escalate into a dangerous ulcer if not noticed and treated quickly.

We Can Help with Any Type of Toe, Foot or Ankle Injury

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with all types of injuries of the foot and ankle as well as diabetic foot care. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Get help quickly for any foot injury before it worsens into a serious problem.