When you jump in the shower, do you give your feet a good scrub?
Despite your best intentions, sometimes your feet are simply too far away to scrub. In fact, many people think that because their feet are getting covered with soapy water there's no need to worry... right?
Well, not really... according to foot health experts, you should be giving as much attention to your feet as the rest of your body.
Sure, it's basic hygiene, but washing your feet properly will help prevent smells.
“Bacteria [like] to feed on waste products that come out of your sweat glands, and they produce odor as they build up,” Robert K. Lee, D.P.M., chief of podiatric foot and ankle surgery at UCLA Medical Centre, Santa Monica, tells SELF.
Not only will wahing your feet get rid of this bacteria, but it will also help exfoliate your feet, getting rid of dead skin cells.
If you shower barefoot in public spaces such as gyms or community pools, for example, you should be scrubbing your feet to avoid nasty infections.
Infections such as staph, athlete's foot and plantar warts - not that you'll get these if you don't wash your feet, but say if you're prone to sweaty feet and don't wash your feet post workout, athlete's foot could be a problem.
How often should you wash your feet?
This all comes down to you as an individual, but if you've never had foot issues, simply add cleaning your feet to your shower routine.
However, if you have issues with your feet, such as athlete's foot, you should start paying more attention and start scrubbing those toes!