Why you should be wearing shoes inside the house

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With the rise of remote work, more people end up walking around barefoot all day — and more people are experiencing foot pain. Dr. Priya Parthasarathy, a podiatrist with Foot and Ankle Specialists of Mid-Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, told TIME that there’s been a “significant increase” over the past few years of people experiencing foot pain. However, there’s a simple way to avoid aches, strains and stress fractures: wear shoes inside. “It makes such a big difference,” Parthasarathy said. Dr. Jackie Sutera, a New York City-based podiatrist, said that people tend not to realize how much time they spend walking around barefoot on hard floors while at home. Since hard floors don’t offer any support or shock absorption, the impact hits the foot’s fat pad — the thin layer of fat under the ball of the foot and the heel. The repetitive pressure on the foot for weeks and months can cause inflammation and ultimately lead to bigger problems, such as Plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis.


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