Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Medical Conditions


If you read internet discussions about the subject of the shoes-off rule, you will find countless people who claim to have a medical condition that means they must wear shoes all the time. If these discussions were representative of the population; nearly half the people in the USA have such a medical condition. I do not believe it.

Yes, there are some people who do have a genuine medical reason for not removing their shoes. We must make exceptions for them.

Some people say having a shoes-off policy causes embarassment for such people because they must reveal their condition. However, this is quite unnecessary. A person with a medical condition can simply say:

I am sorry, I can't take my shoes off. Doctor's orders.

She does not need to reveal the nature of her condition. She does not need to give any embarassing details. There is really no problem here.


Joanne said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Yes I loved that they asked me first to remove shoes. Because of the living room mess shoes were needed but I am a great believer in removing shoes. When I was younger I spent a short time in Japan and over there its what you have to do - all homes etc have little cubbies that you put your shoes in and put on slippers. First thing I do in my home is take off my shoes and put on my slippers - because of a foot problem I can't go barefoot for too long.

Great blog - good information.

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.

Tiger/Moderate Mouse said...

Um, speaking of "medical conditions", there are some people who have part or all of one or both legs missing (one such person is in my family and has one leg missing almost to the knee) for whatever reason (amputation or otherwise) and wear artificial limbs to compensate. It is my understanding that shoes are usually attached to said limbs. CF, I know you said that exceptions to the "shoes off in the house" rule should be made for people who must keep them on for "medical reasons" and it probably would be easier on someone with artificial limbs, I'm sure. (What's the person to do, leave their leg(s) at the door?) But I wonder how households in Asia, Scandanavia, etc., where wearing shoes in a private home (be it your own or someone else's) is looked down upon to the point where you'd think it was against the law, tend to handle the "artificial limb" issue if that even comes up. (I'm sorry but in light of my father's amputations, which where earlier this month, I still can't get past that feeling that the debate regarding shoes in the home appears to assume that everyone has two intact feet to put shoes on...or not, if one prefers).

Celestial Fundy said...

I am afraid I do not know many people with prosthetic limbs.

I understand that prosthetic limbs designed for some warmer climate countries end in plastic barefeet, rather than shoes. I suppose that looks more 'normal' in those places.