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Risks and Remedies for Going Shoeless this Summer

With the arrival of summer, many people are eager to kick off their shoes and feel the warm sand or grass beneath their feet. Going barefoot can be a liberating and enjoyable experience, connecting us to nature and providing a sense of freedom. However, it‘s crucial to be aware of the possible dangers of going shoeless and to take the appropriate safety measures to prevent harm. In this article, we will explore the risks of going barefoot and provide remedies to help you enjoy the summer season while keeping your feet safe.

Puncture wounds and cuts:

Walking or running barefoot exposes your feet to various sharp objects such as broken glass, rocks, shells, or even stray needles. These objects can cause painful puncture wounds and cuts, which may lead to infections. It’s important to pay attention to your surroundings and stay away from places like construction sites and overrun beaches where these dangers can be present. If you do sustain a cut or puncture, make sure to carefully clean the site and apply an antiseptic cream to stop infection.

Sunburn:
While our feet are often overlooked when it comes to sun protection, they are just as susceptible to sunburn as any other part of our bodies. Spending hours on a sandy beach or walking on hot pavement can lead to painful sunburns on the tops and soles of your feet. To prevent this, apply a broadspectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to your feet, including the tops, soles, and sides. Additionally, seek shade or wear protective footwear during peak sun hours to minimize direct exposure.

Sprains and strains:

When engaging in strenuous activity like running or playing sports, going barefoot can increase your feet’s susceptibility to sprains and strains. Without the support and cushioning provided by shoes, your feet are more susceptible to twisting or rolling, leading to injuries. If you plan to engage in vigorous activities, opt for lightweight and flexible footwear, such as minimalist shoes or sports sandals, which offer some protection and stability while allowing your feet to breathe.


Fungal and bacterial infections:

Walking barefoot in damp and communal areas like public swimming pools, locker rooms, or gym
showers increases the risk of contracting fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. These infections can cause itching, redness, and discomfort. To minimize the risk, always wear sandals or flipflops in these environments and ensure your feet are dry before putting on socks or shoes. If you do develop an infection, seek appropriate treatment, and avoid sharing towels, socks, or shoes with others to prevent spreading the infection.


Allergic reactions:
Certain individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to grass, pollen, or other environmental substances. Walking barefoot on grass or through fields can trigger allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, or itching. If you have known allergies, it is advisable to wear lightweight, breathable shoes or sandals to minimize contact with potential allergens.

In conclusion, while going barefoot can be a delightful way to
embrace the summer, it is essential to be aware of the associated risks and take necessary precautions. By being mindful of your
surroundings, applying sunscreen, wearing appropriate footwear for specific activities, and practicing good hygiene, you can enjoy the freedom of going shoeless while keeping your feet safe and healthy. So, step into the summer season with caution, and let the warm sand or cool grass be a source of joy rather than injury.

For more information, please contact Louisa Seymour Podia
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