It’s easy to take our feet for granted, since they tend to be “out of sight, out of mind” body parts. However, caring for the feet is essential to our quality of life. We cannot remain active and self-sufficient if we are unable to walk, work, engage in hobbies, or get around. Injured feet can lead to improper gait, which can — in turn — lead to falls or pain elsewhere in the body. The Institute for Preventive Foot Health recommends three methods of employing good foot hygiene to remain healthy and active for years to come.
Incorporating Foot Care into Your Daily Routine
When thinking about foot hygiene, you should consider your day to day activities. Some people find it easier to remember to care for the feet first thing in the morning, right out of the shower; others may prefer an evening routine. (What you want to avoid is washing your feet in the sink at work, like this fast food worker from the UK!)
Proper daily foot care involves the following steps:
– Washing with a mild antibacterial soap, taking special care to get in between the toes, and drying them thoroughly.
– Choosing clean, padded socks, and properly fitting shoes with non-slip soles and custom orthotics.
– Maintaining clean shoes inside and out. The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer kills up to 99.9% of all footwear pathogens!
– Rotating shoes every other day to allow for adequate drying time.
– Avoiding walking barefoot, especially in public places.
How to Conduct a Daily Foot Inspection
Each day you’ll want to give your feet a quick once-over to ensure that there are no issues arising. Check the tops and bottoms of your feet for the following:
– Cracked skin
– Hot and cold spots
– Red skin
– Ingrown nails
– Loss of hair
If you find a foot aberration and it does not heal within a week, you should call a podiatrist or your physician. The use of a long-handle telescoping mirror can help you see parts of your feet that may be difficult to reach.
Don’t Forget About Those Toenails!
You should trim your toenails at least every two weeks — cutting them straight across and filing down the edges with an emery board. If you have ever suffered from toenail fungus, you want to make sure you’ve sanitized your clippers in alcohol before using them again. In fact, this type of sanitization is a good practice to employ regularly. (Hint: You can also stick your clippers inside a pair of shoes being treated with our UV shoe sanitizer to make sure no fungal spores, viruses, or bacteria reside on its surface!) Be on the look-out for signs of trouble, like discolored toenails that appear black, brown, or yellow. Thickening toenails with striation lines can also be a sign of nails that are unhealthy.
The SteriShoe sanitizer destroys microorganisms with germicidal UV rays — the same type used by hospitals and water treatment plants. This technology has been clinically proven to kill up to 99.9% of the harmful pathogens that cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, shoe odor and antibiotic-resistant infections. Buy a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to add to your daily foot hygiene practices each day!