You don't have to go as far as barefoot running. Simply kicking off your shoes and going for a walk through the sand or grass is just as beneficial by helping to strengthen the muscles in your feet, says Dr. Abigail Allen, director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Clinic at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. That's important considering your feet are the body's base of support and the foundation of all movement.
Just be sure to use common sense for safety, Dr. Allen says. “Your body will likely tell you when you’ve been walking barefoot for too long; if you start to feel pain, then put those feet up for a while."