Flatfeet Most Prone to Damage from Being Barefoot: MD Podiatrist

“Our home-based lifestyle has caused a significant change in the shoes we wear,” says Dana Michaels, DPM. “Many of us have shifted from sneakers and boots to slippers and [being] barefoot, and this change significantly impacts many aspects of foot health.”
While not all changes to footwear habits have been negative (i.e. Dr. Michaels notes more people are now inclined to wear sneakers all day so going for walks is more convenient), those wearing nothing but comfy footwear – or no footwear at all – could be building a foundation for future foot problems as a result. “Those with a pronatory or flat foot type are predisposed to more injury from not wearing shoes since they’re already lacking the support needed to promote a neutral foot position,” says Dr. Michaels.