What are the dangers of walking barefoot

Recommended precautions

The following precautionary measures should ensure that the risk of injury when walking barefoot falls far short of the usual symptoms of pressure points and blisters in shoes.

 

Open eyes!

If you are not out and about as a jack-of-all-trades, you can see in good time what doesn't feel so good: sharp stones, thistles, blackberry tendrils and wild roses, stumps of broken trees and shrubs. Such dangers can lurk especially in the edge of the forest. Where you cannot see the ground clearly (e.g. in tall grass) you have to feel your way very carefully. Going barefoot is not good in the dark in unfamiliar terrain!

 

Danger from broken glass, nails and other rubbish

should especially be made clear to the children and removed from their play area. The best way to develop the necessary mindfulness is to remove the rubbish in community activities. It's worth it because there is a risk of injury to other parts of the body than the feet.

 

Barbecue areas, roadsides - and unfortunately also bathing areas

are often littered and should therefore be consumed with caution. Fortunately, broken glass dulls if left around for a long time and is then no longer a threat.

 

Insects can sting:

You should therefore watch out for bees between blooming flowers (especially clover) and wasps between windfalls. With appropriate caution, one can "barefoot" without a stitch for years. Severe insect bite allergy sufferers must always carry the emergency kit prescribed by the doctor (even if they are wearing shoes!).

 

Tetanus vaccination protection

shouldn't be missing!

 

In the living area

Care must be taken that no dropped thumbtacks, needles and glass splinters are left behind.

 

Gradually increase:

As an inexperienced person or after the winter break, you have to take into account an increased vulnerability of the cornea in the first few weeks.

 

Confusing terrain

should not be traversed at a running pace, because if the foot comes across something sharp-edged, the reflexes may be too slow to prevent mischief.

 

From pasture fences

barbed wire can hang down - you have to be careful especially at culverts!

 

Bring some bandages with you

It is advisable to both shod and barefoot hikers - at least disinfectant, adhesive plasters, tweezers and elastic bandages.

 

Regular application of lotion

of the feet is advisable so that no corneal cracks occur. It is also advisable to regularly file away brittle layers of dead cornea.

 

sunburn

If the sun is high on the back of the foot that is not pre-tanned, use a cream with a sufficient sun protection factor.

 

Burn blisters

you can get yourself on hot asphalt or in the sand of southern beaches. If you are not exactly a masochist, you will find the healthier alternative in comfortable sports sandals.

 

Risk of frostbite

exists in case of stagnant blood flow, possibly even in wet shoes! The danger zone begins below + 6 ° C. Those who practice snow trodden should be warmly dressed, always keep moving and stop as soon as their toes start to hurt at the latest. If they go deaf, it becomes dangerous!

 

diabetic

must bear in mind that because of the impaired perception, blood flow and wound healing associated with their illness, even small injuries can have serious consequences and increase the risk of limb loss.

 

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