Love your stories Wayne.
I think the foot problems our seniors are suffering are caused not only by not enough time barefooted, but by stuffing their feet into high heeled and wrong sized shoes. These shoes cause terrible deformities and why are they worn? For the same reason women wear bras, so they look young and sexy. These products are created (probably by men, sorry guys), they are advertized, and women have to have them. They (I say they because I never wear high heels) torture their feet their entire lives, and end up with shortened achilles tendons, hammer toes, and bunions. Really ugly feet. And that whole time they were doing this damage they suffered with achy feet.
Now I know I am going to get flamed by all our high heel wearin' women.