Bare Feet in Medicine


  • Steele F. Stewart. "Footgear -- Its History, Uses and Abuses," Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 88, 1972, pp. 119-130.

    All writers who have reported their observations of barefooted people agree that the untrammeled feet of natural men are free from the disabilities commonly noted among shod people -- hallax vagus, bunions, hammer toes, and painful feet.
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    Millions of Indians, both American and Asian, and Congoids wander their native savannas and rain forests without protection, inconvenience, or complaint. Footgear, therefore, would appear to be unnecessary.
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    We should learn from primitives the pleasure and painlessness of going barefoot ...