While walking barefoot is common in the warmer months of summer, it can lead to serious foot injuries. Walking without foot protection can be especially dangerous for those with diabetes and suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Not wearing shoes puts you at risk for injuries to the bottoms of your feet that you may not feel due to the loss of sensation from nerve damage. You may not even realize you have injured your foot until it becomes severe. Those with diabetes often have poor circulation, and this can make it hard to heal from an injury. Our Texas podiatrists explain the dangers of walking barefoot and share some tips on how to prevent injuries to your feet.
Common Types of Barefoot Injuries
Walking barefoot leaves your feet unprotected and puts you at risk for injury. These injuries can occur when walking indoors at home, at the beach or pool, in your back yard, or a gym locker room. If you are diabetic, it is important to protect your feet by wearing socks and shoes at all times.
Possible Barefoot Injuries
Additionally, if you are diabetic and have a wound that does not heal or is slow to heal, you can suffer serious complications.
Possible Complications of a Diabetic Foot Wound
Tips From Our TX Podiatrists for Preventing Barefoot Injuries
Not every injury can be prevented, but avoiding walking barefoot can reduce your risk of injuring the bottoms of your feet. There are also other ways to help keep your feet healthy and injury free.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Feet
If you like walking barefoot or are experiencing foot pain, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form, or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.