Going Barefoot!

ccritch
By ccritch Latest Reply 2012-01-10 18:46:16 -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?


118 replies

kaiya2465
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!

lifedriver
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!

RedGloves
RedGloves 2011-01-24 16:55:53 -0600 Report

When my dr told me that, I said, "Too bad," and for now, I might be a little careful, but I'm not going to stress over that at all . . . I am a barefoot gal.

2011-12-26 13:02:40 -0600 Report

I'm a barefoot gal as well. My feet have the right to breathe. So I let 'em!! & boy does it feel good!!

Mimiewal
Mimiewal 2011-01-24 14:50:08 -0600 Report

I agree with you I want to go barefoot I love walking through my home that way…& Ill tell you a little secret I still do in my bedroom & in carpeted areas but I make sure Im very cautious about where I step when im like that..because we have to have some indulges! now that food isnt an option. lol

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-24 08:04:24 -0600 Report

Don't walk barefoot anywhere, now that I know and saw what my husband as a diabetic went through. Pain just not worth the thrill of toes on the ground.!

leonmelton
leonmelton 2011-01-24 04:28:17 -0600 Report

please break the barefoot habit outside .i stepped on glass and it has caused alot of complications for me and eventually i had to have surgery on my foot.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-08-07 20:11:26 -0500 Report

Every doctor I've had over the many years of being diabetic have stressed care of the feet and advised me to avoid going without shoes (family physicians and endos). They always check my feet thoroughly each visit as well, incl. my ability to feel, etc. It's up to you, of course, what you do. But it just makes sense to me to be cautious, knowing what the outcome could be.

vgarrison
vgarrison 2010-08-05 07:11:44 -0500 Report

Well this post hit home for me today…I was walking barefoot in my living room yesterday and tripped, stubbing my little toe on my right foot (which is numb to the ankle from Neropathy). I am sure it is fine, but I will be keeping a very close eye on it for the next couple of days.

Normally I don't walk barefoot in my house because I have a small child that still hasn't quite learned what picking up her toys means. I have stepped on things from metal jacks (those spiking things for the game with the ball) to doll house pieces. I have a pair of crocks that I wear in the house only and of course yesterday the phone rang while I was lounging and the one time I don't slip them back on is the time that I stub my toe…

Vicki
Blessed Be

cc9
cc9 2010-08-05 03:52:52 -0500 Report

I love being barefoot as well. Recently I asked my endo who is also a diabetic foot specialist about walking barefeet. her answer was it is more a problem for senior diabetics who have neuropathy in their feet and they have their feet burned or cut and not feel anything. The thing is to make it part of good self care to check our feet everyday.

SueIzzy
SueIzzy 2010-08-04 20:20:10 -0500 Report

I live in Florida, and I live in sandals! I have not heard about this this barefoot thing, as I always walk around my yard without shoes on…it's only natural. I will check with my doctor on friday when I go to him, cause this is news to me. Thanks for the information all, don't think I can do it just yet, but now at least I know. ~:-)

Germaine
Germaine 2010-07-25 23:38:28 -0500 Report

i did not know we as diabetics couldn't walk barefoot.
i walk
barefoot at home all the time. never had any problems with it and i have been diabetic 17 years.
also good thing i heal fast, if i get a cut or sore or something it heals within a week or less

marc55
marc55 2010-07-15 21:30:33 -0500 Report

53 years of type 1, 2 years ago I scratched my gig toe on pavement cleaned it put neosporin on it and a bandaid on it and changed it everyday, a week and a half later I am in the hospital with a nasty infection, almost lost the toe, 2 weeks of inpatient IV antibiotics and another of outpatient treatment, I will never walk outside barefoot again!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-07-17 12:14:40 -0500 Report

I've known of other similar instances, which is why I firmly believe in being cautious. It's such a little sacrifice…something we can all do for ourselves to avoid the possibility of big problems down the line.

Elrond
Elrond 2010-07-15 20:08:35 -0500 Report

Actually, I've been a little paranoid about running around barefoot since stepping on a bee as a small child. In later years, I would go barefoot indoors and suffered the broken toes from 'stubbing' them on table legs, etc. Now that my diabetes has progressed so far, I won't take even a couple steps without my trusty hard-soled slippers. I park them beside the tub when I take a shower and put them on as soon as I towel off. I probably look a little odd; nekkid except the slippers but who's looking? But I haven't suffered a foot injury in many years and I plan to keep it that way.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-09 11:42:48 -0500 Report

This was one of the first questions I asked my specialist when I started seeing him. It's a very big generalization to say that it's bad for any diabetic to go barefoot because of infection. People with uncontrolled blood sugars do not heal well but there is no real evidence that people who have controlled blood sugars heal any differently to people without diabetes. The whole not going barefoot thing stems from people who have badly controlled blood sugars and neuropathy in their feet because they a) don't feel when they injure their feet, b) don't feel if their feet get infected and c) don't heal well.

Just think about it for a minute. If the reason to not go barefoot was just because of poor healing we would all be up a creek because every inch of our body would need to be covered because it would all heal just as slowly and lead to just the same problems.

There is always a risk in going barefoot for anyone but the added risk for a diabetic is very minimal if your diabetes is under good control.

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-07-07 19:59:23 -0500 Report

You guys can walk barefoot all you want, as for me, no way!!!!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-07-09 11:16:59 -0500 Report

Really a very small sacrifice for keeping my toes/feet, so I agree with you. As much as I love it, just too risky. One of the simple and easy rules I can follow with no problem.

GangstaJinDaHOUSE
GangstaJinDaHOUSE 2010-07-07 16:27:05 -0500 Report

I used to love walking around barefoot outside - tha feelin of grass on my feet was wonderous. But in '88 I stepped on a HUGE piece of glass my neighbors threw into tha yard and it went all the way up my foot. Now I have severe foot problems and limp. :-( Oh well. WHY CANT I JUST BE NORMAL i__i

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2010-07-05 19:07:41 -0500 Report

I walk around barefoot. I still have full feeling in my feet and I keep my house floor clean and free from anything that might hurt my feet.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-07-06 13:54:41 -0500 Report

You can always hit your foot/toes on something, unfortunately, which can also cause horrific problems. I have a brother who almost lost his because of that. Just a word of caution. Wearing shoes is a small price to pay for retaining your toes/feet/legs.

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