Walking barefoot on the beach: is it really as good as they say?

The sand on the shore is more consistent and the foot does not sink as much.

Walking barefoot is one of those practices that is reputed to be healthy. Walking barefoot recovers a more natural gait and a greater number of muscles, tendons and ligaments that are very important in the biomechanics of the foot remain active. In children it is even more important, which is why podiatrists recommend that in the first years of life children walk barefoot, at most with a non-slip sockto develop a correct gait pattern.

In summer we have the opportunity to walk barefoot on the beach and, by extension, there is the belief that it is equally healthy. However, sand is a terrain with very specific characteristics that presents its advantages and disadvantages. We analyze the pros and cons of walking barefoot on the beach.

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What if the sand is soft?

Unless you walk right along the seashore where the surface is more compact, the beach sand is usually soft. And the soft terrains are more unstable and irregular. When walking on them, the ankle joint has to make more effort to keep the body stable. This can be beneficial to strengthen certain areas in case of rehabilitationbut also increases the risk of injury.

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