There can be something oddly satisfying about wearing sneakers without socks. Your feet feel light, and there’s no bulky sock between you and your shoe but perhaps deep-down you know that it’s not good for you. You might be fine at first, but this bad habit will catch up with you.
According to the UK Podiatry College, they said there is now an increase in number of fungal infections among young people because of the urban fashion of wearing shoes without wearing socks.
Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study and diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot ankle and associated structures.
The look of the naked ankles is popular in the red carpet, in the catwalks and in the magazines, particularly among the men.
Podiatrist Emma Stephenson says she’s seeing more 18-25 year-old men with problems associated with wearing shoes without socks and ill-fitting shoes.
“Depending on the level of sweatiness of the foot, there may be issues with too much moisture in the feet, which can leave you vulnerable to fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot,” said Emma.
She continued, “On average your feet will sweat half a pint a day; that’s a lot to be pouring out straight into your shoe without it being absorbed by a sock.”
But if you still want to keep traveling with shoes on but without socks, here are three practical tips from Emma.
Simple. Try to limit the use of shoes without socks wherever possible.
Spray some antiperspirants on the soles of your feet before wearing shoes.
Beware of the legs that begin to hurt and immediately go to the doctor.