What’s Lurking On Your Shoes?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

assorted hanging dirty shoesOur feet are truly a marvel. They carry us faithfully from place to place, day in, day out.  But, the question for today is:

What are our feet carrying beside us?

And not just our feet, but more importantly, our shoes?

Answer: Some of the biggest transporters of bacteria are our very own feet and shoes…yuck.

Multiple studies have borne out this conclusion.  One particular study by microbiologist and University of Arizona professor Dr. Charles Gerba and the shoemaker Rockport revealed, that after two weeks of wearing brand-new shoes, more than 420,000 units of bacteria were found on the outside of the test shoes including deadly E. Coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Serratia filcaria. (O.K., you might not have heard of all of these, but trust us, they’re bad!)

The study also revealed all this foul stuff gets tracked into your house from those shoes onto hard tile and carpet. And yes, this means whoever is coming into contact with these surfaces (babies, toddlers, etc.) is coming into contact with these germs. Don’t panic, moms, keep reading…

So, how do you reconcile our advice to wear shoes in the house in order to support and protect your feet (which is particularly critical for diabetics!) and not track bacteria and all kinds of germs into your home?

Leave Your Shoes at the Door

It’s very simple. Leave your shoes at the door. When you come into your home, leave your outdoor shoes at the door and put on some comfortable, yet supportive house shoes! This way you are still supporting and protecting your feet, but not carrying in who knows what into your house!

You can also do the following to help reduce the risk of bacteria entering your home:

  •  Wipe down your your shoes, particularly after traveling through public areas like malls and airports.
  • Vacuuming and mopping regularly helps a lot and can help eliminate more than 90% of germs!
  • Wash your feet with an antibacterial soap to keep them clean and germ-free!

So remember: Leave the outdoor shoes outside or in the garage, and get everyone a good pair of supportive house shoes, podiatrist-approved flip-flops, or indoor tennis shoes, and sleep peacefully tonight!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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