Walking Barefoot Through Airport Security Carries Risks: MD Podiatrist

"It's not necessarily 'bad' to go barefoot through airport security, but there are some things that we need to remember when we do," says Dan Michaels, DPM.  "Shoes and socks serve a protective function. Shoes protect us from injury, from things dropping on our feet, from stubbing our toes, and from stepping on sharp objects. We lose that protection when we go barefoot and need to be careful with each step," he says. Since airport security can get pretty hectic, you'll want to watch your step and get your shoes back on as quickly and safely as possible.

 

Another small risk of going barefoot at the airport? The number of germs and pathogens present in a place where so many people are walking include fungus and athlete's foot, as well as bacteria, and viruses that can cause warts, infection, or illness. While Dr. Michaels adds that the amount of time you spend barefoot means you're probably not at serious risk of contracting one of these pathogens, the risk is still not zero. You'll want to be especially mindful if you have existing cuts, blisters, or rashes on your feet, as this could make an easy access point for one of those nasty bugs.

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The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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