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Study: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children

A research study from way back in 1997 found that if people puncture their feet, they are more likely to get infections because of their shoes, because of the puncturing object going through the bacteria-laden medium of the shoe, and injecting the bacteria deep into the foot. The article states:

There was no significant difference in the prevalence of osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection based on footwear (tennis versus other shoes). There were no cases of osteomyelitis among barefoot children… was strongly associated with the wearing of tennis shoes, … None of the barefoot patients in our study had osteomyelitis. …a pseudomonas infection…did not develop in any barefoot patient. These data seem to support the theory that P aeruginosa does not grow on puncture objects, but rather is intimately associated with shoe gear.

Consequently it is safer and healthier to go barefoot.

Read the article: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children.

Article: Barefoot Shoes? The Primal Reason You Want to Take Off Your Shoes

Here is a good article from Mark Sisson entitled Barefoot Shoes? The Primal Reason You Want to Take Off Your Shoes.

Excerpts:

“…would you choose to go barefoot as often as possible? I think you would. Most people, when they get home after work, or vacation in a tropical locale, kick their shoes off…but you could never, ever, for example, go to a job interview in bare feet. It just isn’t done, right? But doesn’t the existence of that instinct toward freeing your feet, make you wonder why? Instincts…are there for a reason…an infant’s propensity toward putting things in its mouth (introduces novel bacteria to their budding immune systems); a teen’s, ahem, primal urges when it comes to sex (allows the propagation of the species…); and our love of sunny days (sun exposure provides vitamin D, an essential micronutrient for health)… our love of being barefoot is a similarly beneficial instinct. …foot itself, it’s a remarkably complex piece of machinery… one of our oldest bodily features, having been essentially unchanged since our graduation into full-on bipedalism at least four million years ago…It allowed us to travel great distances more efficiently than quadrupeds. And it was all done without expensive Nikes…”

“We’ve still got those same feet, but we don’t use them anymore. Instead, we cover them up. We wear shoes that alter the structure and function of our feet, and that weaken the myriad tendons, muscles, and ligaments through disuse. We strap on rubber soles that sever our proprioceptive connection with the ground and restrict our nervous system’s ability to subconsciously respond to changing environments and protect us from tripping or turning an ankle.”

“…orthopedist named Philip Hoffman… 1905 study, titled “Conclusions Drawn From a Comparative Study of the Feet of Barefooted and Shoe-Wearing People, …results were clear: lifelong bare footers displayed wider feet with wider toe beds and fewer foot dysfunctions, while shoe-wearers displayed narrower feet, narrower toe beds, and many more foot dysfunctions… did not find a single foot associated with the symptoms of weakness so common in adult shoe-wearing feet, which are weakened by the restraint the shoe exerts over function.”

“…the human foot was designed by millions of years of natural selection to work in its unaltered state. Putting on thick, restrictive shoes with prominent heels and lots of padding puts us at a greater risk of lower body injuries, both chronic and acute. It allows the muscles in our feet to atrophy from disuse. And once that primary link between our bodies and the ground is compromised, the rest follows: ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain…Go barefoot as often as possible. It’s as simple as that….”

Good article but I disagree with his final advice to “Ditch the shoes when and where it’s acceptable: at home, on walks around the block, at the park. Working in the office? Go in socks and leave the shoes under the desk…” because if so many people feel this way, about going barefoot, we should do it everywhere. That is the way to ensure it is socially acceptable.

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Nudists with Shoes – an Oxymoron?

I have noticed this bizarre thing, that so many nudists, or people who claim to be nudists, still wear shoes. It never made any sense to me, and I recently, through the SBL listserve, found an article that points out a prime example of how silly it is. Read Nude Men—But Not Really.

I find it silly enough that people wear shoes on a nice sandy beach, on a hot sunny day. They are wusses.

Music and Software on Canada Day

On this Canada Day, after visiting two locations to take part in the festivities, I wrapped up this BF day with music. I attended a performance by Michelle Mares, with her Chopin Etudes, Opus 25 by Frédéric Chopin, at the University of Victoria. Michelle introduced each of the twelve pieces, explained each one, then performed it. Her performance and interpretations reinforced that music is so subjective, like computer programming and software creation.

A composer writes a piece, and will annotate how it is to be played. A musician interprets and plays the piece with a personal style. A programmer will write a program, or snippets of code. Another programmer, or a coder or designer, will interpret that code to create something new, often in a way not intended by or conceived by, the creator.

Squished A Slug

I squished a slug today, with my bike. Of course it was unintentional, but could have been avoided. In the park trail on my morning cycling commute there is a steep, winding hill. In cold weather I usually ride down the hill, hard on the brakes the whole time. But in better weather, above 7 degrees, I always cycle barefoot. Usually I get off my bike and walk down this hill, feeling the gravel beneath my bare feet, which is quite enjoyable and stimulating, especially in the rain.

Today I decided not to walk down the hill, but to cycle all the way down. As soon as I was on top of it, I saw it, too late: this big, greenish banana slug partially hidden by leaves. I try so hard to avoid them, often swerving and braking around all the slugs, at least three varieties, and snails, on the bike trail.

I’ll go back to walking down that hill.

Barefoot Article: A Study on Barefoot Running by Dr. Daniel Lieberman

Here are the key points from a study Dr. Daniel Lieberman did on Barefoot Running. This study was in the British science journal Nature magazine back in January 2010. (more…)