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Why You Should Not Walk Barefooted Indoors

Healthline warns that there are a few dangers that can come from walking around the house without shoes on.

Cuts, bruising, and other foot injuries are more likely to occur when barefoot, especially on sharp objects or uneven floors. Those with diabetes or other disorders that hinder healing from accidents may find this particularly troubling.

Infections like athlete's foot and plantar warts are more likely to spread when bare feet are exposed to the world. Infectious molds and viruses love the warm, damp conditions found in public showers, swimming pools, and gym locker rooms, so those places are breeding grounds for these diseases. The risk of getting one of these illnesses increases if you walk about barefoot in certain places.

Unclean floors can hide dirt, dust, and other material that might be hazardous to your health, even though the floors themselves look clean. This is especially important to remember if you live in a heavily polluted environment or have dogs who shed. If you walk around barefoot, you may be exposing your feet to pollutants and allergens that can aggravate respiratory conditions or cause other health concerns.

In addition to causing discomfort or even illness, cold floors are a problem while walking barefoot. Very cold flooring can cause rapid heat loss from the feet, which can cause hypothermia. This can make you more likely to catch a cold or develop another sickness.

Wearing slippers or shoes indoors is recommended to prevent foot injuries, infections, and other problems.

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