I got an emailed request to write about toddlers going barefoot.
So, here goes . . .
I’ve written before about how I play tennis barefoot. But I’ve also written about how, while barefoot hiking builds up the soles, barefoot tennis tends to wear it down.
So, what ought I do when I’m preparing for a hiking trip?
There have been two stories in the news lately about women having to give up high heels. One is about Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker Is Done With High Heels… Unless They’re Really, Really Nice; and the other about Jessica Simpson, Jessica Simpson Stops Wearing Heels During Second Pregnancy, Practices Walking In Flats.
The real question is why so many women voluntarily wear the things that will ruin their feet.
There is a very nice article about letting kids go barefoot at education.com, which describes itself as “An education & child development site for parents”> The article is Why Barefoot is Best. It has a ton of good information, and some practical hints for letting kids go barefoot more.
But they just cannot leave it at, and throw in mythical caveats at the end.
Morton’s Neuroma is one of those maladies of the feet that is relieved by going barefoot. It is not to be confused with “Morton’s Toe”, which is just another phrase for what is also called a “Greek Foot”, in which the second toe is longer than the big toe. When the second toe is shorter, that’s called an “Egyptian Foot.”
But Morton’s Neuroma can be a real bear.
There’s another bit of quackery associated with bare feet, and that’s reflexology. Now, before everybody goes nuclear on me, let me say that I’m not talking about foot massage, but the belief that various body organs are reflected on, and can be affect by, specific parts of our soles.
The human mind is endlessly inventive in coming up with ways to fool itself. It is only with using something like science that we can sort out the wheat from the chaff.