Drumming without shoes - caution

Jankowske

Senior Member
Correlation ≠ causation.

One of my drum teachers said that drumming barefoot was too hard on his ankles or something. I suppose that literally stomping your pedals hard enough might eventually give you bone spurs. I even snagged my toenails a couple times on my pedal cam when I was a noob. But bunions? I don't think so.

I always play barefoot or in socks. I like the feel. Also drumming in shoes makes about as much sense to me as drumming with thick leather gloves. It might be doable, but why? And I hate it when people play my kit without taking off their dirty, gritty, sandy, muddy, greasy, gammy, butter shoes off. Stompin' all over my nice pedals...
 

Justin Time

Junior Member
I've played bare foot at home, in the rehersal room and in the studio for 34 years and never had any issues. I think it's hard to generalize, everybody is different.
 

Blisco

Senior Member
I play in socks because I like to slide my feet all over the pedals.

The worst incident was last summer at a wedding gig. I was really getting into my Stevie Wonder breakdown piece, went for a big quads (doubles) with the kick snare floor combo and felt my big toes jam into the chain. (I play with no toe stop) and felt a weird sensation with my toe.

Turns out, I had split a chunk of nail on my right foot and it didn't break off. The nail was stuck perpendicular in my sock. Painful to keep playing but I did.

At the end, I was so worried what I would find. I pulled the sock off and yanked the nail sliver out. No blood. Sock back on and continued on like nothing happened. Just a silly hangnail. Pain was gone the moment I pulled it out.

I don't know why I ever switched from straps to chains but I sometimes worry about the errant toe stab to the chains.
 
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New Tricks

Platinum Member
And I know it is because of my drumming because having a full time desk job, I really don't do much else with my feet other than drumming - and I practice about an hour each day.
I have played shoe less for over 3 years, way more than an hour a day with no issues.

I didn't even know what a bunion was.

Wikipedia says:


Bunions occur when pressure is applied to the side of the big toe (hallux) forcing it inwards towards, and sometimes under or over, the other toes (angulation). As pressure is applied, the tissues surrounding the joint may become swollen and tender. In a survey of people from cultures that do not wear shoes, no cases of bunions were found, lending credence to the hypothesis that bunions are caused by ill-fitting shoes.[3]
 

shemp

Silver Member
I have played shoe less for over 3 years, way more than an hour a day with no issues.

I didn't even know what a bunion was.

Wikipedia says:


Bunions occur when pressure is applied to the side of the big toe (hallux) forcing it inwards towards, and sometimes under or over, the other toes (angulation). As pressure is applied, the tissues surrounding the joint may become swollen and tender. In a survey of people from cultures that do not wear shoes, no cases of bunions were found, lending credence to the hypothesis that bunions are caused by ill-fitting shoes.[3]
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GeoB

Gold Member
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Here's what works for me. You asked.

I have Morton's Neuroma which is an inflamed nerve bundle in the ball of my right fool. I also have a heel spur in that same foot! What a great foot indeed!

Well, I've been in several different types of shoes and inserts etc... for me the most comfort comes from a Vionics flip flop (for the heel spur) and sometimes a Birkinstock too. The Neuroma basically requires shoes that don't squeeze but I have found sandals to be the best. As a result... winter really sucks.

Anyway... I have found that a well worn Birkenstock is better to drum in that either a shoe or barefoot or with my other favorite sandal, the Vionic.

So Birkenstock it is! I use the Arizona as it is the most worn in my meager collection.
 

drummer-russ

Gold Member
I am pretty sure there is a genetic aspect to bunions. Bottom line is if you have them see a dr. My wifes family all have them and they are painful as time goes by and surgery is often the end result for the folks in her family.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I play in socks. I've had bunions all my life. For me bunions are genetic, my Mom had the states biggest bunions. Not really, but they were enormous before her surgery. Mine never got worse or bigger from playing in socks.
 

mikel

Platinum Member
I have bunions, huge on the left foot and merely big on the right. My doctor and my physio, who has worked with the British Olympic squad, both swear that bunions are either hereditary or merely bad luck, in most people. Not all, some can come from very poor footwear. My mother and my Gran both had them so I was probably doomed.

The specialists would say you have a much better chance of avoiding bunions if you dont wear shoes, and especially tight shoes, so I would say playing drums bare foot has nothing to do with you having bunions.
 

John Lamb

Senior Member
I doubt its from no shoes - as Pollyanna says, playing barefoot ought to help. Also, playing barefoot/socks/very thin soled shoes is so common in drummers that there would be bunion threads daily.

If it is drumming related, then I'm guessing you maintain significant pressure on your pedals constantly? (a la early Weckl)
 
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