When I’m not treating patients at HFAA, in surgery, or chasing around a very adventurous toddler (aka LJ), I enjoy getting creative cooking ideas from cooking shows. One show that intrigued my interest was Barefoot Contessa. I was intrigued in this show even before watching an episode, just because of the title. I was imagining a chef preparing 4 star meals while barefoot- imagine my fear and disapproval! I was happy to find out that the title of the show did not have to do with shoe gear choices, or lack thereof, for Chef Ina Garten.
You should NEVER go barefoot! Even the seemingly simple task of cooking can be more dangerous than you’d think. All the instruments needed to create a yummy meal can be hazardous. If you dropped a knife on your barefoot, you could perform an accidental at home amputation! You could also cause severe burns or injury if you drop hot food on your bare feet. Just imagine making a yummy batch of homemade caramels, accidently dropping the boiling hot mixture onto your feet, then having the candy caramelized to your skin! That is NOT the way I like to get patients.
Wearing proper shoes and socks protect our feet from outside hazards, whether that be caramel and knifes or glass, splinters, and fungus. Going barefoot increases the risk of developing conditions such as fallen arches or plantar fasciitis due to lack of support. It can also increase risk of injury as footwear provides protection from cuts, abrasions, and bruises from objects on the ground. Protecting our feet with shoe gear also protects against frostbite, parasites, bacteria, and fungus.
Remember that Chef Ida Garten only creates delicious dishes in proper shoe gear, and you should too! If you need an expert shoe fitting, or have questions about any of the conditions I mentioned, please feel free to give us a call at 309-661-9975.