Going Barefoot!

By ccritch Latest Reply 2017-01-27 11:59:31 -0600
Started 2010-06-29 14:32:20 -0500

I love to walk barefoot around my house and outside on the grass especially after it has been mowed. I just love it. I know it is not good to do in case of injury but I love it. I have always walked barefoot even as a kid. Now I am being told I can't do that anymore! Whaaa! :( I just want to kick off my shoes after I get home from work and walk barefoot!!!) LOL a habit I can't kick just yet.

How about you? do walk barefoot?

143 replies

Ree Ann
Ree Ann 2017-01-27 11:59:31 -0600 Report

I am all about good shoes. My siblings went barefoot and suffered stubbed toes and had to run from lawn to lawn to not burn their feet. Never got into either of those. Anything with asomething between my toes hurt..mso ahoys were the best answers. And by that I mean shoes with good socks. Even in the house I wear shoes because my knees and legs do better. I have no argument with the benefits of being barefoot except I never benefotted.

BreC 2014-12-10 17:36:05 -0600 Report

I am most always barefoot when I am at home. When I come home from anywhere my shoes are taken off and I change into shorts and a tank top. Comfort at home.

Barefoot4life 2014-12-08 17:08:25 -0600 Report

Hello. For those of you who support going barefoot (even with diabetes), I would love to here your take on that topic on the Barefoot 4 Life Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/barefoot4life/). If you don't want to join the group, but want to tell me why you think being barefoot with diabetes is ok, then please contact me here or on Facebook (Brandon Longcrier) and I'll post your comments on the group from what you tell me in private (with your permission of course and I'll leave your name out as well). I'm a huge advocate for going barefoot as much as possible for health reasons, so to hear doctors telling people not to ever go barefoot is very disturbing to me, especially with knowing how awful shoes can be to our health. I hope to hear from some of you soon. Until then, take care everyone. #barefoot4life

jayabee52 2014-12-09 08:09:11 -0600 Report

Howdy Brandon

I'd LOVE to go barefoot, however for health reasons I must keep shoes on most of the time. When one gets a good fitting shoe there is not a problem with wearing them a lot. I know some folks believe in "grounding" where ions from the earth are drawn into your body by bare footing it. I used to love going barefoot, but I must care the best for myself with my diabetes, and part of that caring for myself is to keep my feet covered and not chance getting stuck or injured in my feet and getting infected.

If you have diabetes (do you?) and you wish to chance injury and infection in your feet, and perhaps even lose one, more power to you. But as for me I will keep my own counsel and keep my feet covered by a good fitting diabetes shoe.
Praying for improving health for us all


Barefoot4life 2014-12-09 10:20:28 -0600 Report

I hear ya James. I don't have diabetes, but my step-dad does and I had an uncle who had it. I can totally see where shoes can be a double-edged sword for folks with diabetes. On the one hand, you have to worry about a simple injury causing a great deal of damage (or worse); and on the other hand, not going barefoot and wearing shoes more so than not causes the muscles in the foot to atrophy. Shoes that have a narrow toe-box also cause foot deformities. It makes me wonder if the constant wearing of shoes (causing muscle atrophy) causes problems for those with diabetes that might not be fully understood yet.

I don't believe in "grounding", but I solely (no pun intended) believe in the benefits of going barefoot. But I would never suggest that anyone with diabetes do something that could endanger them. I'm just trying to learn. I run and do many other things barefoot and although I've yet to injure myself bad, I have landed pretty hard on rocks that might do a lot more damage to the feet of those with diabetes than without.

jayabee52 2014-12-09 23:12:06 -0600 Report

I don't want to belabor the point, Brandon, but the problem with shoes with the narrow toe box IS the narrow toe box (yes I used to wear pointed toe cowboy boots — but not for 6 to 8 yrs now — talk about narrow!)

I now wear "diabetes shoes" with plenty of room for my feet. I bought them as a "good feet" store and they were custom fitted, so they were and are the ideal fit. It is so important especially when one considers I have a case of burning neuropathy in my legs from knees to toes. These shoes are IMHO ideal for me. .

Barefoot4life 2014-12-10 10:58:13 -0600 Report

I'm not a doctor (and don't play one on TV) and I don't know exactly what kind of shoes someone with diabetes needs, but shoes have more problems than just the narrow toe-boxes.

The arch support and added cushioning in most shoes is often times not needed for most people. These "features" are new (1970s) and are the number 1 cause of muscle atrophy in our feet.

haoleboy 2014-12-10 11:06:35 -0600 Report

I'll risk the muscle atrophy rather than risking amputation … no-brainer even for a guy from Hawaii that spent 20 years wearing shoes as seldom as possible.


12bravo 2014-07-29 12:43:13 -0500 Report

Having retired to a rural area where we bought a farm, and having worn military boots for over 30 years, I go barefoot much of the time - including outside. My doc missed my neuropathy but I felt something was wrong and went to a neurologist who caught it - it was early. He put me on a med that works great in relieving the symptoms which, along with a treatment I was given while in Europe, has caused the problem to almost disappear. Both meds are a godsend, best my doc (GP) could offer was drugs when the pain became too bad. Our lively Southern fire ants frequently grab my bare feet and watching how quickly their bites heal is a great indicator to me how my feet are getting along. Those feet , along with my personal decisions, kept me going during my military career and I'm not about to give up on either now. My neurologist does not disagree with my entire foot plan but due to liability reasons won't agree to it either. I still put in 8-hour days on my feet, exercise regularly in the form of farm work, take care of my feet as the Army taught me to and do whatever I have to to keep that A1c down below 6.5. I'm a firm believer in owning my diabetes and its side effects as I have a lot more interest in them than my doc does.

Longboard 2014-06-23 14:45:04 -0500 Report

( this was meant to be a reply to HB's response to my first comment) Do you use your hands more or differently than you did on the Island? Just wondering if maybe increased use led to better circulation and if that led to a reversal of the neuropathy. If that were the case it would be an excellent example for recommending cautious barefoot activity even to those with neuropathy .

Longboard 2014-06-20 14:22:03 -0500 Report

Most health care providers advise ALL patients regardless of their health status not to go barefoot. The only difference is diabetics are often told this without asking, while the individual with no medical conditions is only given this advice if the subject comes up. The reasons given are increased risk of injury or infection, as well as damage to the musculo-skeletal system secondary to a lack of arch support. The additional concerns for the diabetic patient are delayed healing, poor circulation in the lower extremities, and a lack of proper proprioceptive awareness due to neuropathy.
Current research suggests that arch support for the majority of people is not only unnecessary, but actually detrimental to overall foot strength and health. And although it may come to a surprise to most people, anecdotal evidence is increasingly pointing to a lower rate of injury in barefoot runners, walkers, hikers, and livers compared to their shod counterparts.
Also eye opening is the fact that shoe wearers have reported a much higher incidence of blisters, ulcers, and fungal infections than have habitually barefoot persons.
My conclusion is that the commonly given advice for healthy individuals to refrain from going barefoot outdoors has been misguided and counter-productive.
The diabetic patient most likely has diminished circulation as well as slower rates of healing. Provided they do not have the degree of neuropathy that makes it impossible to detect a sharp object penetrating their plantar surface, going barefoot can actually be of tremendous benefit to them by increasing circulation via active foot muscle use, and a statistical reduction in foot wounds and infections.
I am a diabetic 95% 24/7 barefooter, and a barefoot runner, skateboarder, and cyclist. I ran an inner city run two days ago, and have raced at least once a week all Spring, as I have for six months a year the past five years. I have no cuts, scrapes, ulcers, blisters, cracks, or lesions of any kind. And, I can't remember the last time I did.
Indeed, my bare feet were on the cover of The Wall Street Journal fifteen months ago!
It is my opinion that the risks of bare feet are greatly exaggerated by parents and those who have not indulged, as well as those who no longer remember their barefoot childhood clearly.
Also the health (physical as well as mental) benefits of going barefoot are grossly underestimated by most.
I've come to the conclusion that provided a diabetic does not have neuropathy that is advanced to the point that they really are not sensing what they are stepping on that barefoot activity is beneficial, ESPECIALLY if the person actually enjoys the activity, leading in turn to a boost in the function of the immune system.

jayabee52 2014-06-21 00:56:41 -0500 Report

how can a person be "95% diabetic"?

Longboard 2014-06-21 09:22:15 -0500 Report

Good one! No, I am diabetic and pretty much a 24/7 barefooter. Rather than describe it as 20.4/6.2 or something equally hard to decipher I meant to say I am completely barefoot around 95% of the time. According to my physician I am 100% diabetic. I guess back when we were watching my serum glucose creeping up along with my A1C I did think of my self as kind of a partial diabetic but no, I never did use percentages, just the terms borderline etc.

jayabee52 2014-06-21 13:19:54 -0500 Report

As a PWD all I can do is protect my own feet. I cannot protect others' feet. All I can do is recommend to those who are not die hard barefooters that they protect their feet as it is a lot easier than healing a problem once it has occurred.

Longboard 2014-06-21 14:32:17 -0500 Report

All of us agree that keeping feet wound and infection free is the goal. The only thing I'm questioning is how to achieve that especially for those of us that prefer to engage in regular activity including walking, biking, hiking, etc as part of our overall Rx for health. As with most issues barefoot related even for the healthiest of subjects, the current research debunks most of the common knowledge that has been handed down generation to generation. Barefoot athletes including walkers and hikers have feet with lower rates of wounds and infections than their shod counterparts. They also have more robust circulation. Runners with chronically injured knees that don't enjoy being barefoot don't accept this advice even when coming from a health care practitioner or trainer. The ones who do actually enjoy being barefoot never look back once they've made the transition.
My original reply to the thread which was started over four years ago was an attempt to point out that current research suggests that rather than a guilty pleasure, going barefoot for diabetics without advance neuropathy may actually be an important part of overall preventive diabetic foot care.

Longboard 2014-06-21 15:24:16 -0500 Report

That is of course very unfortunate . But there are thousands of diabetics with no or very mild neuropathy that absolutely LOVE going barefoot but abstain because they've been told not to. Again, for many of them it could just be the ticket for not only improved foot health but overall better body mechanics, not to mention mood elevation. And none of this even takes into account Earthing/Grounding benefits which personally I don't believe in, but plenty of others do.

haoleboy 2014-06-21 15:47:50 -0500 Report

after living in Hawaii for 20 years one of the hardest adjustments when moved back to the mainland was having to wear shoes again
on the plus side … the neuropathy in my hands has improved … this is such a weird disease

haoleboy 2014-06-21 16:43:28 -0500 Report

Improved BGL (5.8 A1c) of course that doesn't explain why my legs and feet are getting worse. Appointment with a new neurologist next month … we live in hope

kaiya2465 2012-01-10 16:49:18 -0600 Report

I'm confused!! My doc told me that in the house it was ok to be barefoot. But outside was a big no-no. So is it not good to be barefoot inside either?

jayabee52 2012-01-10 17:45:05 -0600 Report

if you walk on carpet something could be hiding there and jump out at and stick in your feet. My late bride's mother "momma G" told of a time when she had stepped on a paperclip and it opened up and stayed in her foot who knows how long. She didn't feel it at all due to her neuropathy. She did a self check in the mirror at night and saw it sticking there, bleeding a bit. Of course every time she stepped on the clip it worked its way deeper into her foot. fortuantely she didn't get an infection from it, but it could have been a lot more serious.

daydreamer630 2012-01-10 16:34:34 -0600 Report

Well…yes I walk barefoot as much as possible. I know I shouldn't and everyone tells me not to. Yet I'm the biggest "tomboy" so I guess I like to feel the grass and sand and all that jazz. The thing is I should know better, I almost lost my foot to infection.

pixsidust 2011-12-26 13:10:55 -0600 Report

I used to be barefoot all the time. Now my feet are tender until I put shoes on them. It seems I need the support. I even bought real shoes to wear as slippers around the house for the arch support and better soles. I love the grass too and frankly I miss it. I take care of my feet and am not afraid of hurting them. I just wish my feet did not hurt without the shoes.

For those who might wonder what I got for my shoe/slippers. Merrell brand, Chills style. Fleece lined, solid leather and soles

2011-12-26 12:50:15 -0600 Report

As of right now,I am barefoot. I never liked wearing shoes even as a kid. And if I do have to wear 'em it's always tennis shoes w/sox. Don't like the way tennis shoes feel w/o 'em. But if I do go outside no matter how brief, I always have some type of shoe on. Whether it's my Crocs or just a pr of flip flops. But that's for 2 reasons. 1) cause I cannot feel anything that I step on, & 2) I'm a clean freak. I don't want to bring any outside dirt inside.

meter readers of void
meter readers of void 2011-12-26 12:41:17 -0600 Report

too tender feet,have to wear socks on carpet,if diabetic problems are severe, please don't -protect them while you still have them!mines been too frosty before

ngtowl117 2011-12-26 09:51:12 -0600 Report

I live in the midwest, so during the cold months I wear my slippers in the house and usually tennis shoes or work boots outside. Come warmer weather, I will go back to going barefoot most of the time. The only time I wear shoes is when the sign says, 'no shirt, no shoes, no service.' When my husband and I got together, almost 10 years ago, he knew this about me and accepted it, but a couple of years after we got married he started saying things to me about it. I told him 'mom didn't wear shoes, and neither did grandma' its how I was raised. You had 2 pair of shoes, 1 for school and one for church. so you didn't wear your shoes unless you were tending the animals. I still can't get used to them, so I'm just careful and check my feet often. The soles of my feet are tougher than a lot of the shoe soles I see now.

berrykins0 2011-12-15 12:46:07 -0600 Report

i walk bare foot onl;y in my house not outside sandles or shoes outside.my doc looks at my feet everytime i'm there if she even sees a blister on my foot from a new pair of shoes she freaks magine if i had sore she probly panic.i'm vey careful not to injure myself fopr my own sake. magine that hah.

Anonymous 2011-11-17 14:49:19 -0600 Report

CCITCH: Yes I wear atleast sandals always outside. My Dear Friend, who was also a diabetic. and has since passed away, walked everywhere barefoot. One day she stepped on a bee. She got the stinger out and all and forgot about it. Soon it was so infected she was force to go to the Doctor. He fixed her up, but iit got worse. Eventually she ended up in the hospital on IV Antibiotics. Well to make a long story short the infection went to the bone and her leg was cut off from the knee down. The surgeon told her it all was from the bee sting. She had nueropathy in that foot and didn't feel it getting worse until it was to late. I was raised In Hawaii, so my whole life I was raised barefoot. Once I became diabetic that ended that. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm not making this up on your account, this really happened. Something to think about anyway. Valentine lady

bleonard13 2011-11-17 12:32:16 -0600 Report

i know what u mean when i was little my mom was always saying u will step on a bee or a piece of glass never listened now my husband is telling me if u get an infection it wont heal or take a long time to heal well i did not listen to her what makes him think i will listen to him lol

RebC 2011-11-17 09:55:06 -0600 Report

Shoes? What is THAT? LOL

I love going barefoot, and do it all the time. When I was a girl I went barefoot everywhere, gravel didn't even phase me. I don't walk on gravel anymore, but I definitely NEVER wear shoes in the house, and most of the time I don't wear them outside on the grass, either. Or when going to get the mail. I am careful, though, and check for injuries often.

markburgan 2011-12-14 08:38:12 -0600 Report

I also firmly believe in going barefoot whenever feasible and when I am out in public I mostly wear soft, all-leather, Indian-style moccasins. I subscribe to a pro-barefoot community forum and absolutely believe without question that shoes ARE bad for all feet. I have mild-to-moderate neuropathy in my toes only and I take meticulous care of my feet. My feet are also profoundly flexible and flat and shoes would worsen their integrity, so it's barefoot around the house and yard. At night I burn CF bulb lamps all the time so I don't stump my toes on anything, nor step on any surprises (I have cats). I hate podiatry and I would never under any circumstances darken the door of any. It's MDs I'll see if I have any problems with my feet, not some DPM or worse yet, a chiropractor. So more power to those of us who KNOW how to walk barefoot—-diabetic or not.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 05:12:41 -0600 Report

I used to wear moccasins too, as well as go barefoot before my Dx with diabetes. All I can say is keep your BG levels in the normal range and pray you don't develop neuropathy throughout your whole foot/leg. I have stepped on stuff where I thought there was no stuff there. One just doesn't pay attention to or notice EVERYTHING! A DPM, if I understand, is a MD first, and then gets the DPM designation through further study!

I pray you won't have problems doing what you're doing.

markburgan 2011-12-15 12:15:07 -0600 Report

I keep my BG within an acceptable range and I only go barefoot in my house and around my yard. As for DPMs, it is my observation from logging onto PODIATRY ARENA websites that they seem more interested in profit with their accursed orthotics than practicing genuine medicine. As for having one of these "practitioners" tend to my nails, I OWN a pair of podiatric grade nail nippers and an electric callous grinder that I use with expert precision. So with that I don't have to "cough-up" the high co-pay to have some creep trim my nails and reduce my callouses. Thanks for your concern, though.

Type1Lou 2011-11-17 08:55:45 -0600 Report

I do, contrary to my doctor's orders. Even as a child, my Mom could not keep shoes on my feet! I do limit my barefoot walking to in the house though. I was also told not to wear sandals but, living in Florida, I wear my sandals. What I do is regularly check my feet to be certain that I have not injured them. I have some neuropathy there and may not feel an injury, like a fire ant bite…this is both good (because the bites hurt like the dickens) and bad (because I can't feel them). If you do go barefoot, just be vigilant and check your feet every day.

lifedriver 2011-11-17 08:45:44 -0600 Report

NO, I NEVER GO BAREFOOT EXCEPT IN THE SHOWER. Listen, STOP IT NOW before it turns into something more than you can handle. You can get something in your foot and in most cases you will not know until you have complications and GOD forbid you have an infection that leads to amputation. You need to have your feet checked now. Tough Comments for your well being. LIVE responsible I am sure your family and friends need you in there life. STOP IT NOW…LIVE

markburgan 2011-12-30 14:30:14 -0600 Report

Going through life with such timidity and possible paranoia can only lead to overall stressors consuming all of one's time. Type1Lou states that the feet are checked regularly for injuries, so what more could one ask for? Besides, wearing shoes ALL the time may cause ischemia ulceration, and that ain't good.

lifedriver 2011-12-30 17:54:10 -0600 Report

Being pro-active Mark, If you believe that wearing shoes will cause you to have ulcers and you would rather go barefoot then go for it and please let us know when your Doctor checks your feet for you and find you have caused extensive damage to them ( By the way Mark nerve damage in our feet as Diabetics cause less sensitivity therefore, you can injure your feet without knowing) I will take my chances wearing shoes Thank you very much…LIVE or in your case hobble lol

markburgan 2012-01-09 01:31:37 -0600 Report

My floors and yard are free and clear of sharp objects and debris. I feel completely confident about going barefoot there. I can plainly see where I put my feet when I walk. I don't go barefoot elsewhere not only because of safety concerns, most people don't like to see flat feet such as mine and I wear shoes, mostly moccasins, when out and about in public. As for neuropathy, I KNOW what I've got in my toes and only they are affected. I AM safety-minded, thank you very much. As for having my Dr check my feet, I don't volunteer them to him. I am perfectly capable of inspecting my own feet on a regular basis and I am not going to have outside parties do my work for me. My knees aren't such that I can't prop my feet on them and get a full view of my feet and toes. You are free to do what you want with your feet. I am NOT one to tell others what they should do with themselves. That's not my way of dealing with other individuals. Thanks for your concern though.

lifedriver 2012-01-09 20:20:25 -0600 Report

Mark I am not trying to tell you what to do. I am just saying that for your better health you should not go barefoot. If you feel you are better to take care of your on feet then more power to you. Nevertheless you should be careful because your comments could cause other to live with this dangerous practice of walking bare foot. And you can miss something with your feet. It is better to be safe than SORRY…

markburgan 2012-01-10 03:13:21 -0600 Report

Perhaps for those who strongly desire to go barefoot while diabetic should consider the puncture-proof, Kevlar-soled Vibram "Five-fingers" minimalist footwear. As for me, I KNOW where I am walking and I have never missed anything. I feel that I've been the only one of recent to "stir the pot" on this moribund site and I hope the best for my fellow diabetics. I'm done here and officially won't be back. I came here to this site to make a point, not make points. Good-bye, all, and good luck!

Longboard 2014-06-21 16:21:33 -0500 Report

Vibram Five Fingers have been proven to damage feet. A few weeks ago a multi million dollar settlement in the class action lawsuit against them was reached.

lifedriver 2012-01-10 16:24:53 -0600 Report

I enjoy the freedom of going barefoot in my home. But I am aware of the dangers that go along with that practice.

lifedriver 2012-01-10 10:44:34 -0600 Report

Mark as you say "YOU know where you are walking" Your input is ok just don't think everyone is going to agree. I do feel you are needed on this site you bring about mind stirring debates. How can anyone learn the truth or facts with only one opinion?

jayabee52 2012-01-10 12:16:22 -0600 Report

I agree Charles. I have learned much discussing the topic with mark. There is a saying "steel sharpens steel" and that is what I thought was happening when debating the issues. Perhaps mark felt differently.

lifedriver 2012-01-10 16:28:27 -0600 Report

Jayabee, I hope that Mark realize how much damage can be done by someone with his ideals and rants. This could cause someone else to become defiant and the results could be terrible for a new diabetic.

jayabee52 2011-12-30 15:36:49 -0600 Report

being paranoid does not mean that someone is NOT out to GET YOU. LoL!

Mark, with all due respect, just because you use some medical jargon does not make you an authority on the subject.

I looked up ischemic ulceration and read 4 different reports on the subject. NONE listed the cause of iscemic ulceration as remotely related to the wearing of shoes "all the time." In fact a couple of the reports had WARNINGS not to go BAREFOOT!

You may do what you want with your own body. Please do not put others at risk by encouraging them to follow your example and use some medical jargon to try to justify it.

I doubt that there would be a way to track a comparison of iscemic ulcerations versus wounds caused by going barefoot in People with diabetes and neropathy, but my best guess is that for every 1 case you can show of iscemic ulceration due to wearing of shoes "all the time" (your words) I could probably show you 10 wounds needing special care due to stepping on something and not knowing about it. My bride's mother (now disceased) is a case in point. She had neuropathy so bad she couldn't feel much of anything below her knees. As my bride told it to me, she did a self foot check and found the point of a paperclip poked into her footbed. She had been barefoot!

SCLWKR has it right below: ". . . be proactive in preventing problems. It does seem that we are forced to give up some of our freedoms with diabetes, and at times we rebel against this. But healthy feet and legs are worth the sacrifice . . . ." (well said Sherrie!)

markburgan 2011-12-30 18:42:51 -0600 Report

I'M NOT the authority on the subject of ischemic ulceration; my diabetic mother's VASCULAR SURGEON IS! She's always wearing not well-fitting shoes and she had the condition as described. You might admonish me for being one who IS CAREFUL and not wear shoes 24/7, but that's life. Get over it!

jayabee52 2011-12-30 19:08:00 -0600 Report

Thank you kindly for your good wishes, Mark. I do have a life and I love it! So you are basing your behavior and justifying it on the basis of your mother's ill fitting shoes? There is the source of her problem! Shoes which don't fit properly. I am sorry about your mother's problem, BTW.

I don't know your situation and the kind of relationship you have with your mother, so I won't comment further on that issue. If it were my mother I'd take her ill fitting shoes and get her good shoes that fit her well. (but that, again is just me)

I AM ALREADY over it! I just don't want people here on DC to get the notion to go without shoes and put their feet in danger. I wish there was a way to track the rates of vascular problems like your mother's surgeon described, versus the injuries and special care needed to treat injuries like my mother in law got. (see above — won't repeat here)

Like I said before, YOU DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. But don't tell folks to go against best practices for managing diabetes, one of which is "Don't go barefoot — (or in stocking feet)"

markburgan 2011-12-30 20:17:07 -0600 Report

I am not encouraging anyone to do anything, dear friend. I am a man of LOGIC and I know what I'm doing with my OWN body. Being "anti-shoes" is a way of life for me and I stand behind every word I state. YOU can do what you want. I'm an open-minded kind of guy, but not with a gaping one. Some words I live by can be paraphrased as thus: " People who do not use their intelligence are no better than animals that have no intelligence—-they are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by their own choice and consent." I think for myself and I'm nobody's fool. Take care. Bye!

jayabee52 2011-12-30 20:43:47 -0600 Report

Yes you are Mark encouraging folks to throw off their shoes, by RIDICULING folks who are (your words from above ) "Going through life with such timidity and possible paranoia can only lead to overall stressors consuming all of one's time. " That's encoragement by ridicule my friend! That's not to mention your half truth told just a few words later "Besides, wearing shoes ALL the time may cause ischemia ulceration, and that ain't good." The half truth you admitted a few posts later was it was from your mother's ill fitting shoes, (and not necessarily due to the 24/7 wearing of shoes). I will take care, AND be one of those timid (gee who'd a thunk me timid?) and paranoid folks who PROTECT their feet.

Are you saying by your paraphrased quote that (words you live by) that I have no intelligence? I believe I am plenty intelligent. After all, I did give you a intellectual tussle and now you seem to be tired of it. But now I suspect that you will attempt once again to demonstate your superiority over us "timid and paranoid" folks.

markburgan 2011-12-30 21:31:07 -0600 Report

This is my final reply to this rhetoric: you can take my paraphrased quote for what you will. I really just DO NOT CARE. I'm no longer interested in this site as I have found it infested with "mice." NO LoL from me! Bye for good!

markburgan 2011-12-30 21:31:07 -0600 Report

Please, no more replies will be read by me here. Just like the "Society for Barefoot Living" site, I'll go where I am welcome, which isn't here!

dietcherry 2011-12-30 21:51:08 -0600 Report

You are always welcome here Please dont leave This site needs you Everybody just take a breather and lets move on PLEASE

markburgan 2011-12-31 06:23:49 -0600 Report

I'm back only by dietcherry's invitation and for no other reason. As for my beloved mother's situation, I managed to get her in all-leather moccasins that are completely non-constrictive and she hasn't had ANY ulceration issues since she started wearing them. She lived during the time when women were EXPECTED to wear those demonic high-heels and pointy toed shoes that were just too narrow for the stupid notion that narrow feet look better. I take good care of her and it was quite the challenge to get her to wear SENSIBLE footwear. She's NOT a barefooter like me, but since I also wear similar moccasins, except for SPECIAL occasions when I wear dress boots, I can live with the fact that she's out of those non-sense heels. So I'll move on to more friendly topics other than the previous diatribe with our friend who doesn't see things the way I do. Such is life. I "butt heads" with my otherwise sweet mother sometimes, too.

SCLWKR 2011-12-26 12:09:12 -0600 Report

I agree with your urgings to be proactive in preventing problems. It does seem that we are forced to give up some of our freedoms with diabetes, and at times we rebel against this. But healthy feet and legs are worth the sacrifice DC Pals!

BandonBob 2011-12-26 14:02:06 -0600 Report

My feet get overly hot when I have shoes on but I leave them on. One reason is that I feel every thing through the soles of my shoes. If I walk on something as small as a grain of sand I feel it right through my shoes so rather than take risks I keep the shoes on. It is a pain though.

Jan8 2011-11-17 07:57:03 -0600 Report

I never go barefoot because as an RN I saw too many complications from infections.

Caroltoo 2011-11-17 01:21:11 -0600 Report

I go barefoot in the house, on the lanai, the beach, and in the grass. I wear sandals or flip-flops year round because the weather is warm enough. I don't have neuropathy, but I do look at my feet for injury and keep them well cared for.

jayabee52 2011-11-16 23:29:38 -0600 Report

I don't go barefoot either. I wear slippers with a hard rubber sole around the apartment, or I wear shoes. I don't think I would miss anything if I stepped on something as with the burning neuropathy my feet are hyper sensitive if anything. But there is no sense taking chances.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-16 22:50:49 -0600 Report

Always enjoyed going barefoot, but now that is not a good idea for me. Even if i didn't have D i still need to have arch support. If i run around barefoot my feet hurt something terrible! I compromise in the summer by wearing flip flops, but not the cheap skimpy ones, i get the ones that have support in them and they work good.

lkh6951 2011-01-24 18:15:50 -0600 Report

I still go barefoot in the house but not outside…too many chances of injury. When outside, I find one "clean" spot to sit in and take my shoes off. As soon as I get up to walk, the shoes are back on. My big gripe is how ugly the diabetic shoes are. There are basically only two styles for ladies, tennis shoes and some form of merry jane. UGLY!!!!

jayabee52 2011-12-30 18:17:57 -0600 Report

Have you seen the shoes at Footsmart.com? I happened to live by one of their retail stores recently (about 3 yrs ago now) and bought some diabetes shoes. They were not my usual cowboy boots, but all in all they are OK style wise.

My bride at the time (now passed into eternity) had gotten some diabetes shoes from a physical therapy company and she wouldn't wear them because they couldn't get the fit right. so she gave up. But when she "saw" (she was blind) how the sales staff treated me and helped me with them, she decided to give diabetes shoes another try. Needless to say she was VERY pleased with the outcome. She had some pretty shoes that fit her feet exactly. One of the things they do in the retail store (that they can't do online) is have the person stand on a couple of special machines hooked to a computer, and within a few days they had custom made orthotic inserts ready for us. I am now about 3 yrs later still wearing those shoes.

Check out footsmart, you MAY be pleasantly surprised!

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