One question that newer barefooters sometimes ask is if there is any danger of toxic substances and chemicals on streets or other places they may walk absorbing directly into their bloodstream through the soles of their feet.
The short answer is no, as that is highly unlikely to happen. Continue reading “Absorbing toxic substances while barefoot is highly unlikely”
“Earthing,” also known as “Grounding,” is a pseudoscientific belief that claims electrons continually flow back and forth between the earth and our bodies and cure or alleviate almost every disease or affliction known to man. It’s pretty much a lot of bunk.
Continue reading “Earthing (Grounding) is the modern-day snake oil”
When humans walk, whether barefoot or otherwise, an initial heel contact when stepping is the normal, natural gait. This is often referred to as walking with a heel strike, and is what the human foot is designed to do. Continue reading “Initial heel contact is the natural way to walk barefoot”
By traveling barefoot, I do not mean wearing shoes then taking them off later on the plane during an airline flight. This article is about being totally barefoot on an entire trip. Can this be done? Of course it can, and there are people, Continue reading “Traveling barefoot on airlines is usually not a problem”
The benefits and joys of going barefoot do not have to be compromised just because the seasons change and the weather starts getting colder.
Barefooting in colder temperatures is quite possible, but challenging
Going barefoot in the cold weather of winter can sometimes be a challenge. One way it’s a challenge is when someone has worn shoes for many years, their feet have gotten used to always being enclosed in a warm covering. So even in relatively mild temperatures, their feet without shoes will probably feel Continue reading “You can go barefoot in cold weather”
In the United States and other developed countries that have modern sewage systems, the chances of getting a hookworm infection from walking barefoot are practically zero.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), hookworm infection can be prevented by:
Continue reading “Bare feet are unlikely to get a hookworm infection”
I almost never have any issues or confrontations about my bare feet within the community that I live. But a few years ago, a rare exception to this did occur at a local restaurant.
I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper
I was so surprised and taken aback by the treatment I received Continue reading “Health codes don’t ban bare feet for customers”
It may seem counterintuitive, but all factors considered, bare feet are actually safer than shoes when riding an escalator.
Signs banning bare feet don’t make logical sense
So, why do signs that list various safety warnings on most escalators in the U.S. include “No Bare Feet”? It’s out of a misplaced fear of liability, based Continue reading “Barefoot on escalators is safer than shoes”