Q: Is it OK to run around barefoot in the park?
Oz Says: Bare feet are fine at the beach or indoors. But we wear shoes nearly everywhere else for a good reason. Outdoor areas are just too unpredictable, says Duane J. Ehredt Jr., DPM, AACFAS, an assistant professor at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Hazards, like parasites from dog and cat poop, as well as fungi and viruses, aren't always visible to the naked eye. (Those last two also love locker rooms and pool decks. Big reason to wear shower shoes.) Throw in other hard-to-spot stuff that can puncture skin, like shards of glass, and you could even end up with a serious infection. The point is, you never know what sort of mess you might be stepping into. So not worth scrapping the shoes.
This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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