You may love going barefoot but there are some activities that should NOT be done without foot protection:
Driving without some kind of shoe is not a good idea. You can drive legally in Florida with bare feet, but for safety reasons shoes are recommended. Your foot may slip off the gas or brake pedal and cause you to lose control of the car. Flip-flops or any other type of flimsy shoe aren’t the best either as they can fall off and get tangled up in the pedals.
Biking – whether with a bicycle or motorcycle – should not be done with bare feet. Obviously there is no protection between your feet and the road. For motorcycling, wear sturdy athletic shoes or oil-resistant leather boots. Never wear sandals or flip-flops. Wearing sneakers while bicycling is all right for short, casual rides, but for longer workouts you’ll want cycling shoes to cushion painful pressure points.
Mow the lawn. Every year thousands are injured by lawn mowers with injuries ranging from fractures, burns, severed tendons, lacerations and even amputations. You may not realize it but the extremely sharp blade at the cutting end of a lawn mower rotates at very high speeds and is extremely dangerous. Wearing flimsy shoes like flip-flops or sandals, or going barefoot, increases the risk of slipping and placing your feet in danger. Always wear sturdy shoes that lace up or boots for protection from flying debris as well as hidden rocks, glass and sticks.
Watch that Children Always Wear Proper Footwear
Children must be equipped with the right gear for each activity, including footwear.
With a few exceptions, sports and recreational activities require foot protection. Don’t let your child bicycle, run or skateboard in bare feet! They will be at increased risk of fractures, lacerations and cuts.
Protection Is Even More Important for Those with Diabetes
Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle advises that those patients with diabetes never go barefoot, even indoors. Many of those with diabetes also suffer from neuropathy or nerve damage, with reduced sensation in the feet. You may not feel when you injure your foot by stepping on any sharp object. This small cut may escalate into an ulcer if undetected.
We Can Help with Any Foot or Ankle Injury
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat any type of foot or ankle pain or injury. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Don’t tolerate foot pain – give us a call today!