The Importance of Foot Hygiene

When I discuss foot care procedures with patients, specifically those regarding foot hygiene, I am frequently surprised by how many people do not wash their feet as part of their bathing routine. A common misconception many people share is that simply allowing the water from the tub or shower to drip onto their feet before it goes down the drain is enough to keep the feet clean.

The truth behind foot hygiene is that it is important to take time to wash the feet, including between the toes. It is equally important to thoroughly dry the feet and between the toes with a towel after cleaning. Practicing this foot care helps to prevent skin conditions such as athletes’ foot (fungal infection), bacterial infections, and viral infection (e.g. warts). Following proper foot hygiene is a must- just as flossing and brushing your teeth is essential to avoid cavities and gum disease.

In closing, take an extra minute or two to clean and dry your feet after each bathe or shower. Your feet will thank you for it!

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