Everyone agrees that by using shoes we can cover our feet from any hurt and dangerous things to them. But have we ever wondered if it's health to do or not? Ancient people used no shoes, they walked with bare feet from place to place. Some modern humans in some places in the world are also still walking with bare feet and seldom to use any shoes. Researchers found that these bare feet are healthiest feet among others.
Last year, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, published a study titled “Shod Versus Unshod: The Emergence of Forefoot Pathology in Modern Humans?” in the podiatry journal The Foot. The study examined 180 modern humans from three different population groups (Sotho, Zulu, and European), comparing their feet to one another’s, as well as to the feet of 2,000-year-old skeletons. The researchers concluded that, prior to the invention of shoes, people had healthier feet. Among the modern subjects, the Zulu population, which often goes barefoot, had the healthiest feet while the Europeans—i.e., the habitual shoe-wearers—had the unhealthiest. One of the lead researchers, Dr. Bernhard Zipfel, when commenting on his findings, lamented that the American Podiatric Medical Association does not “actively encourage outdoor barefoot walking for healthy individuals. This flies in the face of the increasing scientific evidence, including our study, that most of the commercially available footwear is not good for the feet.”
So, why don't we walk barefoot? not always but often, it's gonna be great to have good and health feet.
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