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You Clean Your Clothes, Why Not Your Shoes?

Are you treating a foot or nail fungus? Are you struggling with recurring bouts of this condition or do you simply wish there was a way to sanitize your shoes after a long day? We clean our clothes, but why not your shoes too? With the amount of sweat per day our shoes absorb, coupled with the bacterial and fungal breeding environments in our shoes, we should consider a little preventative medicine for the shoes. One study demonstrated that P.aeruginosa was been recovered from the inner layers of the soles of worn sneakers. When the soles of the sneakers became worn and the inner layers became damp, a suitable environment was created for the growth of Pseudomonas. This is the reason that many puncture wounds (see “puncture wounds” blog post) end up with an infection caused by this organism. Many species of fungi are also colonized within our shoes. This is why a good fungal treatment protocol includes treating the shoes as well as the feet.

How Sterishoe Works

The sterishoe sanitize uses a UVC lamp, a technology that has been used for quite some time in hospitals and water treatment facilities to destroy microorganisms. This ultraviolet light, similar to UVA and UVB light that causes sunburns, is filtered out by the earth’s atmosphere and we don’t hear about it.

What about Sprays or powders?

Although there are many products on the market targeting antifungal and shoe sterilization treatment, do you really want to be locking your foot into shoes that can then concentrate these and other chemicals into your foot? Do you always wait the 48 hours necessary to allow the product to work effectively and dry sufficiently prior to donning the shoes for your next day of work? Most of us aren’t rotating our shoes enough to make this treatment a viable option. I have heard many patients tell me they use household disinfectant sprays to treat their shoes. Yet, these chemicals don’t hide the fact that they are toxic! It says so right on the bottle: “not for application on the human body,” and “use in a well-ventilated area.” These are not the chemicals that you want to be adding to your shoes. Avoid chemicals altogether and use UVC light.

How easy is Sterishoe to use?

Shoe Cleaning

When you take off your shoes you can insert the SteriShoe sanitizer into your shoes as you would insert a normal shoe tree. A simple press of a button starts a 45 minute treatment cycle. After 45 minutes up to 99.9% of the harmful microbes that can cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and offensive shoe odor are destroyed.(1)

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