Flat Foot Types Least Likely to Benefit from Going Barefoot: MD Podiatrist

Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and podiatric surgeon, says that “Our home-based lifestyle has caused a significant change in the shoes we wear.” He added that “Many of us have shifted from sneakers and boots to slippers and [being] barefoot, and this change significantly impacts many aspects of foot health.” We don’t really need to buy office footwear like high heels or trendy shoes as much anymore. Instead, people can stock up on comfy slippers and socks. However, as Dr. Michaels noted, this change largely affects your feet.
Despite the many findings that encourage being barefoot, full-time shoelessness isn’t the best option for everyone. Before you go chucking out your shoe collection, it’s important to note that not all people will benefit from going barefoot. You might want to check out your foot type. Dr. Michaels warned that “flat foot type[s] are predisposed to more injury from not wearing shoes since they’re already lacking the support needed to promote a neutral foot position.”