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Why You Should Still Be Wearing Shoes at Home, According to Podiatrists

POPSUGAR spoke to Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, DSc, director of the non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at HSS, who discussed why going barefoot while at home might not be beneficial when it comes to the health of your joints. According to Dr. Positano, going barefoot for extended periods of time, coupled with any existing foot issues and the stress the ground puts on the foot, can potentially create a damaging scenario. "In addition, the connection between proper foot support and architecture has a direct influence on biomechanical functioning of the knee, hip, and lower back," explained Dr. Positano. For the ultimate protection, Dr. Positano advised wearing a supportive-type shoe. "A supportive-type shoe, as a general category, not only absorbs shock and protects the foot but it also keeps your foot in a more favorable position. Generally, a 'supportive' type of shoe would include structural elements such as a firm backing or heel counter in shoe parlance, an upper (or top enclosure) with some kind of lacing, and a firm yet substantial midsole," he added.

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