All of us sometimes wear shoes without socks. People who constantly tend to make this mistake are more likely to get various fungal infections, for example, “athlete’s foot”.
Experts express their negative attitude toward “bare ankles”. Many celebrity men (including Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Orlando Bloom) publicly demonstrate their shoes with no socks. However, this trend significantly increases the risk of infectious foot diseases.
Below is orthopedist Emma Stevenson’s opinion about this problem:
An increasing number of people come to us with problems caused by improper wearing of shoes. Depending on the sweating level of the feet, a person may have problems with increased foot moisture, which creates a favorable ground for the development of fungal infections, such as “athlete’s foot.” If you do not wear socks, the sweat does not get absorbed and stays in your shoes or sneakers.
Since the phenomenon of “bare ankles” has not been sufficiently studied yet, it is still difficult for orthopedists to determine the true scope of the problem. One thing is clear — the combination of excessive sweating feet, poor-quality shoe material and lack of socks creates an ideal environment for fungal infections. This can result in smelly and sick feet.
Dr. Stephenson adds:
The upper part of most modern shoes is made of leather and artificial materials that do not let air pass in. If your shoes do not breathe, then humidity, heat and bacteria remain inside your shoes … Another big problem is the tendency for narrow and pointed shoes and boots. This trend can result in the development of fungi!
Narrow shoes increase friction on the toes and heel, which increases the risk of ingrown nails and other defects (e.g., calluses and corns).
In addition, wearing shoes without socks makes the toes crouch, which can cause seizures and deformities of the foot.
If you still can’t refuse wearing shoes without socks, scroll down and read the following simple tips to avoid problems with your feet.
1. Cut your toenails correctly. Use special scissors to cut your toenails. Never cut your toenails to the roots. Use a nail file to gently grind the sharp edges of your nails.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. Your shoes should not touch your nails. Besides, you should avoid wearing shoes that are too large or make your feet slide.
3. Choose a “breathing” pair of shoes. The more air circulates around your feet, the drier your feet are. If you wear “breathing” shoes, your nails are less susceptible to fungi. Your shoes should possibly be made of leather or natural fabrics.
4. Do not wear the same shoes every day. You need to let your shoes dry for 48 hours. If you wear your sneakers after yesterday’s training, you significantly increase the risk of developing fungi on your nails. Therefore, you need to have a few pairs of shoes and wear them in turn. You can use dry tea bags to get rid of the moisture in your shoes.
5. Avoid walking barefoot in public places. Floors in public pools and baths are full of with fungi, which are eagerly waiting for your fingers. Therefore, always wear slippers, sandals or special shower shoes in such places.
6. Regularly disinfect shoes. In the morning, apply antibacterial spray into the inner surface of your shoes especially if you wear shoes without socks. This is especially important in hot weather because your feet tend to sweat more in hot weather.
7. Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day. You should especially pay attention to the area between your toes. This is where moisture is stored.
8. Don’t wear shoes that hurt your feet. It is recommended that you buy fairly wide shoes that will not cause cramps.
According to a study by American orthopedists, more than half of all toenail diseases are caused by a fungal infection, which affects about 14 percent of the population.
Healthy feet greatly depend on good hygiene, so it is important to always keep them clean and dry. This is especially true for people who don’t like wearing socks!
This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.
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