The sole of your foot has 104 “mechanoreceptors”, which tell you how to properly balance yourself by measuring pressure and indentation. These plantar nerves keep you upright and stable and let you know when you need to make minor adjustments to your stance. The soles of your feet are loaded with helpful sensors. Unfortunately, socks and shoes block most of these sensors.
When you wear socks and shoes, your ankles and lower legs are forced to keep you balanced without the help of plantar nerves. When it’s safe, opt to go barefoot so that you can increase the function of the many sensors in your feet.
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