Who should use the SteriShoe® sanitizer?
Everyone should, but especially people with diabetes, nail fungus (onychomycosis), athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and bad shoe odor.
Think about it, you wash your clothes, you dry clean your clothes, but what do you do to the inside of your shoes? Considering that human feet sweat up to half a pint (that’s 8 ounces!) per day, it’s good hygiene to clean the inside of your shoes.
Unfortunately, people who have diabetes need to be very proactive about their foot health. One study has shown that people who have diabetes are over 150 times more likely to require an amputation if they develop a foot infection.
People with nail fungus and athlete’s foot are potentially reinfecting themselves when they put their shoes on. The SteriShoe® sanitizer is proven to destroy the fungi that cause nail fungus and athlete’s foot.
Shoe odor is a byproduct from certain bacteria. The SteriShoe® sanitizer is designed to destroy these bacteria inside shoes.
Is the SteriShoe® sanitizer good for smelly shoes and does it help with smelly feet as well?
The SteriShoe® sanitizer is applied to the smelly shoes only. Just like you wash your socks, you need to clean your shoes. The offensive shoe smell is an indication of odor-causing bacteria living in your shoes. The SteriShoe® sanitizer eliminates up to 99.9% of odor causing bacteria in shoes. Sanitizing the inside of your shoes is a great way to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for your feet.
What does the SteriShoe® sanitizer do for people with sweaty feet?
The human foot has 250,000 sweat glands and we sweat up to one pint per day into our shoes. Shoe and foot odor causing bacteria thrive in this environment. The SteriShoe® sanitizer is the doctor recommended chemical free method to clean the inside of your shoes. The SteriShoe® sanitizer solves the bacteria problem in your shoes that is brought about by sweaty feet.
How does SteriShoe complement other treatments for toenail fungus and athletes foot?
Use the SteriShoe® sanitizer in conjunction with your other treatment. The SteriShoe® sanitizer will not cure your infection, but it will provide a cleaner environment for your feet.
Fungi are very resilient and can live in your shoe as spores, even if you don’t wear a shoe for months. Think of a spore as a seed. Once you start to wear your shoe again, the perspiration and heat from your foot will cause the spores to grow. The SteriShoe® sanitizer destroys the fungi and other microorganisms inside shoes.
How does the SteriShoe sanitizer fit in with laser treatments for toenail fungus?
Your shoes are a reservoir for microbes that cause foot infections. This includes the spores and microbes that cause toenail fungus (Onychomycosis). The SteriShoe sanitizer is a clinically proven, safe and easy to use method to sanitize your shoes. Sanitized shoes are an important cornerstone of a protocol to treat nail fungus because it limits exposure to the microorganisms that cause it.
How do I use SteriShoe sanitizer?
Insert the SteriShoe® sanitizer into your shoe, connect the AC power adaptor, and press the on button. The SteriShoe® sanitizer will run for 45 minutes and then a timer will automatically turn it off. After that, you can remove it from your shoe or leave it in there, like a standard shoe tree, to help support the shape of your shoe. It’s that simple. Click here to see the instruction manual for the SteriShoe® sanitizer.
The on/off light is blinking. What does this mean?
This means that an error occurred while attempting to treat a shoe. This is to be expected if one of the SteriShoe® sanitizer’s safety features has been activated. View the troubleshooting section of our instruction manual for more information.
How does the SteriShoe® sanitizer work?
The SteriShoe® sanitizer uses a specific wavelength of ultraviolet C light that is germicidal (253.7 nm). This is commonly called “germicidal UV” or “UVC.” UVC is emitted by the sun, but it is completely filtered by our atmosphere.
Germicidal ultraviolet light is proven to destroy 99.9% of targeted microorganisms. We have tested the SteriShoe®sanitizer with the number one, two, and three fungi that cause nail fungus and athlete’s foot and verified these results. Shoe odor is caused by bacteria and we have verified that the SteriShoe® sanitizer destroys bacteria as well.
How does the SteriShoe® sanitizer help with shoe odor or smelly shoes?
Shoe odor is primarily caused by bacteria in your shoes. The SteriShoe® sanitizer helps remove the source of shoe odor and smelly shoes by destroying up to 99.9% of the bacteria in your shoe using UV germicidal light.
Why is the SteriShoe® sanitizer better at fighting shoe odor than other methods?
The SteriShoe sanitizer is very convenient to use. It works like a shoe tree and takes seconds to insert into a shoe. It is activated with a simple push of a button. Unlike chemical sprays and powders that mask odor, germicidal UV light (UVC) is a safe, proven and powerful way to kill bacteria and microorganisms. The SteriShoe sanitizer harnesses this germicidal UVC light to kill up to 99.9% of the shoe odor causing bacteria in your shoes.
Sprays and powders will also fill your shoe cushioning. As there is no way to wash your shoes, these chemicals will never come out of your shoes and essentially become a chemical bath for your feet. The SteriShoe sanitizer is completely chemical free.
How are SteriShoe sanitizers different from other uv shoe products?
Plastic absorbs UVC and renders it ineffective. The SteriShoe sanitizer was designed to be as open as possible to provide direct UVC exposure to the shoe interior. We are aware of a ultraviolet shoe deodorizer that has it’s lamp almost completely encased in plastic; the plastic in this product blocks almost all the UVC light from reaching the inside of the shoe.
The SteriShoe sanitizer is the only product that has been awarded a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association for cleaning the inside of shoes. It is also the only product clinically proven to destroy harmful germs inside shoes that can cause foot infections and shoe odor (as published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association).
Click here to learn more about UVC.
What safety features does the SteriShoe® sanitizer have?
Ultraviolet light can be harmful if you look at it or bring it close to your skin. For these reasons, we have designed safety features into the SteriShoe®sanitizer to prevent the lamp from lighting when it is not enclosed in a shoe.
How often do I have to treat smelly shoes for the shoe odor to go away?
1-2 treatments with the SteriShoe® sanitizer should be sufficient to initially eliminate the odor causing bacteria from your shoes. We recommend using the SteriShoe® sanitizer after each time you wear a pair of shoes. Daily use guarantees that you always put your feet into a clean pair of shoes.
How long will the SteriShoe® sanitizer last?
The SteriShoe® sanitizer has a one year limited warranty. The lamp, which is designed to last 2000-3000 hours, can treat your shoes once a day for up to seven years (although we recommend changing the bulb every two years to ensure proper effectiveness).
What is the warranty for the SteriShoe® sanitizer?
The SteriShoe® sanitizer comes with a limited one year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. To see the full warranty, click here.
How do I register my SteriShoe® sanitizer?
You can register your SteriShoe® sanitizer by clicking here.
Will you ship SteriShoe® sanitizers outside of the US?
Please contact one of our International Distributors to purchase a SteriShoe sanitizer in your region.
Can I use SteriShoe® sanitizers outside of the US?
Our model that we have been shipping since 2011, the STSH-002, can be used outside the U.S. Please check the information printed on the power supply of your SteriShoe® unit and the bottom of your SteriShoe® sanitizer; if the power supply range states 100-240 V and 50-60 Hz your device can be used internationally. If the power supply information only reads 120V or the SteriShoe® sanitizer states Model #STSH-001 on the unit, then your SteriShoe® cannot be used outside of the US.
How do I find the right SteriShoe® size for my shoes?
Please refer to the following sizing chart to find the right SteriShoe® size for your shoes:
Why should people with diabetes use the SteriShoe sanitizer?
People with diabetes are especially at risk when it comes to foot infections. The reason for this is due to a condition called neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation. Pain informs our body when something is wrong, but if you cannot feel pain a sore, blister, ulcer, or cut can quickly become infected.
Annually, there are more than 65,000 limb amputations in the U.S. due to complications from diabetes (see link for details). 9 out of 10 amputations for diabetics are due to infections. (click here for details) Based on this, people with diabetes need to be proactive about the health of their feet and that should include wearing sanitized shoes.
The SteriShoe sanitizer is an APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal Holding Diabetic Product. You can see all seal holding products by navigating to the APMA website. The SteriShoe sanitizer is clinically proven to kill microorganisms that cause foot infections and is therefore recommended by the APMA for people with diabetes to help sanitize their shoes.