Justin Bieber was recently spotted walking around Boston in bare feet, causing quite a stir. Well I suppose that's not saying much since just about anything Bieber does causes a stir. But as a Seattle podiatrist it does cause me some concern. Bieber, who is a role model for girls in their tweens, teens, and 20s, is sending the wrong message.
Now don't get me wrong I know that plenty of people love to go barefoot at the beach, pool, and other limited places, however, walking around a city barefoot is a big problem. And girls of that age in particular who are often busy texting on their phones just aren't going to pay attention to where they're stepping and what they're stepping on.
Broken glass, sharp metal, burning cigarettes--you name it are on our city streets. Plenty of people have come into my office with foreign bodies stuck in their feet from walking barefoot. Some of these can turn into pretty bad infections.
But that's not the only problem, Bieber aside. Walking barefoot can cause other problems for runners, athletes, and for those with flat feet. All of these folks are much more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. The ultimate lack of support is going barefoot. If you've had plantar fasciitis or are prone to develop it, wearing shoes or sandals with good support will keep heel pain at bay.
Diabetics should never go barefoot since many have neuropathy and have reduced or no sensation on the bottom of their feet. Stones or sharp objects can penetrate without their knowledge and can lead to painful ulcers which could lead to amputation.
So Justin, although you may think you're being cool by exposing your toes to the world your fans may be following suit and ending up in my office.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.