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We all love to ditch our ditch our shoes for some sun and sand between your toes. But, barefoot shouldn’t mean foot pain.

If you’re one of the many who experiences pain when walking on bare feet, you probably suffer from one of a number of common foot conditions.

And we’re not talking about obvious problems like darting across hot sand at the beach or cutting yourself on dangerous objects. Instead, we’re talking about conditions which if left undiagnosed and untreated can lead to discomfort and ongoing complications.

So how can walking barefoot impact your feet?

Stone bruise:  

We’ve all had the painful experience of treading barefoot on an unsuspecting rock. This often leads to deep bruising and inflammation on the fat pad of the heel or ball of the foot, with weight-bearing activities can aggravating and intensifying the pain – sometimes leaving you immobile.

Morton’s neuroma:

This condition is defined by a clicking feeling in the forefoot followed by a sharp shooting pain or a sensation of numbness or pins and needles extending into ends of their toes. It results from irritation, pressure or injury to a nerve leading to the toes – often as a result of walking barefoot.

Diabetics:

If you live with diabetes, you should never walk barefoot – especially if you have impaired circulation or neuropathy. Minor traumas that usually heal quickly can easily become infected and develop ulcers – and unnoticed problems can escalate quickly.

Did you know there are 12 diabetes-related amputations performed at Australian hospitals every day?

Although walking barefoot is tempting, try to avoid doing so when going outside – and avoid entirely if you are diabetic.

Even slipping on a pair of thongs beside the pool or to head to the beach goes a long way to protecting the soles of your feet from burns, cuts or diseases.

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