The weather is suddenly spectacular and all you can think about is getting out and enjoying the sun and warmth. And you are tempted – I can tell! – to take off your shoes and walk in the grass or down the sidewalk or across the parking lot.
That’s it – I want you to resist the temptation and keep your shoes on. You can put on sandals, you can put on flip flops, you can put on boat shoes, Just put on shoes of some sort.
Why am I trying to ruin your fun, you ask? I want to keep those tootsies safe. I want to keep you trouble free.
So, here are my top 5 reasons to NOT go barefoot.
1. Foreign bodies. This one gives me the heebie-jeebies! I talked about foreign bodies not long ago (click here to see it) and I am still thinking about all the things that can get stuck in your foot. Suffice it to say that you could get glass or nails or splinters in your foot while you are walking in your bare feet.
2. Stubbed toes. Think about it. When was the last time you stubbed your toe when you had shoes on? No, you can’t because you can’t stub your toe with shoes on. And we all know that subbed toes can be broken toes. And in case you missed it (click here) you can get help for a broken toe.
3. Dry skin. Going barefoot will dry out the skin of your feet and with dry skin can come cracking and cracking can lead to infection. Besides, dry feet are not very attractive and it you are going barefoot, you are showing off your feet. You might want to check out our thoughts on getting ready for spring sandals. (click here)
4. Fungus. Need I say more? I am quite sure that you don’t want to be the fungus kid. You can pick up fungus in mostly damp warm spots. If you need more information you can click here.
5. Skin cancer. Yes, you can get skin cancer on your feet. You know to protect the rest of your skin- don’t forget this area.