Tips from podiatrists on beach walks

Walking on the beach barefoot is a way to get some healthy exercise and to enjoy the sun, the air and the sea breeze but the podiatrists remember that sand is a surface that can be unstable and that, when walking on it, we must take into account some important considerations.

Taking a regular walk on the beach can be a great option to keep fit and lead an active aging but, despite the physical and mental benefits it brings, This activity may sometimes not be the most recommended.

What to keep in mind when walking barefoot on the beach

If you have doubts, the medical consultation is the one that can give you the answer taking into account your general health and medical history. For a person over 65 years of age, who does moderate sports regularly and does not have any disease, the daily walk can contribute greatly to their well-being. There are other cases in which walking barefoot on the beach or anywhere else not advisable as a simple precautionary measure. This is the case of diabetic people, who must take extreme care of their feet, trying to avoid any possible wound or injury, no matter how small, as recalled by the Spanish Association of Vascular Nursing and Wounds (AEEV).

How do the feet adapt?

It is also important check how our feet adapt to the sandy surface. Podiatrists explain that walking barefoot on dry sand is not recommended because, although it is nice and «fluffy», it is unstable and we could easily lose our balance. In it, our feet tend to sink, whether we support the front area first, or if it is the heel that we sink first. Overuse problems in the twins or injuries related to plantar fasciitis could have their origin in this practice.

It is true that walking on dry sand requires an extra effort from our muscles, good to maintain muscle mass, but the risk of a sprained ankle or any other injury exists.

The sand on the shore is always recommended for a good walk barefoot on the beach. It is harder and the feet sink less, although the dragging action of the sea itself causes the shore to present a considerable incline on many beaches. Walking on an «incline plane» has its drawbacks because, probably, you will exert a greater effort with one of your lower extremities than with the other. If at the end of the walk you notice any kind of discomfort in your feet, the walk may not be as healthy as it seems. If you have doubts, go to the podiatrist’s office and do a footprint study It is advisable to know if walking barefoot on the beach is contributing to your health.