Foot Health: Protecting Your Feet On A Cruise Vacation

It’s easy to have a false sense of security on a luxurious cruise ship. The rooms look posh and pristine, albeit a bit cramped. With a pool like this…

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… how could anything go wrong? It’s all too easy to forget that you’re sailing with over 3,000 other passengers… many of which may be suffering from toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and plantar’s warts, to name a few conditions. “Next time you are in a public area, look around at the toenails of those strolling barefoot,” one forum writer quipped. “Do you see some yellowish colored and thick nails out there? UGH! Very contagious,” she added. Even though you are on vacation, remember there is no vacation from foot health!

How Common Are Foot Health Issues On Cruise Ships?

Not surprisingly, there are no public statistics posted about the incidence of foot fungus on cruise ships. It is estimated that anywhere from three to 14% of the population is walking around with toenail fungus at any given time. One study of swimmers found that 15% had athlete’s foot. About 0.84% of the U.S. population is said to have plantar warts. In other words: these fungi are thriving on feet across America!


It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that your high-end cruise ship has more than one passenger suffering from foot fungus. You may think it rude for people to have the audacity to strut around barefoot, despite their foot fungus! Yet, many of these people are not even aware that they have been infected. In fact, a lot of plantar warts look like blisters at first. The thickened, yellowed nails of toenail fungus are often mistaken for age-related changes to the body.

What YOU Can Do To Protect Your Feet On A Cruise Vacation…

You can’t control what other people do with their fungus feet, so the best you can do is follow this sage-like advice:

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NEVER walk barefoot! Carry a pair of slippers for lounging in your cabin and a pair of flip-flops or water shoes for the shower and the pool deck. There’s no telling how long fungus can live on a surface. Even if it has been cleaned, a few spores can still survive — especially if the cleaning product did not contain a fungicide.

– Bring sock footies with you to the airport. Skip walking through the line with barefeet.

– If you’ve had foot fungus in the past, it never hurts to put antifungal spray or powder in your shoes.

– Use the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to kill up to 99.9% of the fungus and bacteria in your footwear.

Foot Health Products: What Is SteriShoe?

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We developed the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer for people like you who want to be as healthy as possible — whether on vacation or at home. We understand it’s a fool’s errand to try to eradicate every single fungal spore or bacterial cell you come into contact with on a daily basis; but in the same way you wash your clothes in the laundry machine every day, you should also put a shoe sanitizer into your footwear to clean that space as well. Our shoe sanitizers are designed for everyone, but have been podiatrist-recommended for diabetics and past sufferers of toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, foot odor and bacterial infections. Just a 45-minute treatment can kill up to 99.9% of the microbes in your shoes. Thankfully, our device is even portable enough to bring on your next cruise vacation!

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