Barefoot Walking Gives You Calluses That Are Even Better for Your Feet Than Shoes, Study Suggests Live Science Live Science

Ah, summer. Soft breeze in your hair, grass between your toes, nasty calluses on your feet from going barefoot… Don’t fear those calluses, though. New research has revealed that foot calluses — thickened skin that forms naturally when one walks barefoot — have evolved to protect the feet and provide for comfortable walking in perhaps ways that shoes can’t match. Unlike shoes, foot calluses offer protection without compromising sensitivity or gait, according to a study published today (June 26) online in the journal Nature. Shoes, in contrast, reduce sensitivity in the foot and alter the way that the impact forces transfer from the foot to joints higher up the leg. The researchers — from institutes in the United States, Germany and Africa — stressed that their findings don’t demonstrate that walking barefoot is healthier than walking in shoes. At its core, the study is about human evolution. Yet the fact that we have evolved to walk barefoot, and that barefoot walking is mechanically different from walking in shoes, may imply that going barefoot can impart certain long-term health benefits worth investigating, the researchers said. “It is fun to figure ou...

Boots on the Ground display a reminder of Memorial Day’s true meaning – News – The Newport Daily News

The display, which also features identifying information and photos of each service member, will remain up through Memorial Day. NEWPORT — Edna Conley and Elizabeth Gamble stood side-by-side looking over row upon row of meticulously placed boots on the ground inside Fort Adams. The small American flags accompanying each boot fluttered wildly in the gusty breeze Friday morning. They were with a group from the Brentwood by the Bay assisted-living community in Warwick to visit the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial that honors the roughly 7,000 U.S. service members killed in action since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “These veterans gave their lives and livelihoods so we have freedom today and can be in America with health and happiness for our families and ourselves,” Gamble said. “We didn’t do it. They did it.” Many from their group have strong military ties. All three of Conley’s sons served in different branches of the armed forces, the Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. There were two veterans among them, Walter Lada, a retired Army sergeant, and Albert Smith, a retired private first class in the Army. Smith, who was stationed at a chemical center in Maryland, never experie...