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We all know the importance of washing our armpits and subregions while bathing – there is no doubt about that. Became Well versed in the importance of hand washing, and if you’ve ever been a greasy, hormonal teenager, you know why your face and hair need regular cleansing. But the internet had Fits of indignation When it comes to washing a certain, often overlooked part of the body: our feet.

As former news anchor Katie Olmsted asked her followers on Twitter, whether they washed their feet, the answers were quick and loud.

“Wow, lol, you are some dirty friends,” said one. “You sit on the edge of the tub and scrub those bastards hard with soap and a brush. No excuse, ”said another. “Your feet are closest to the nasty ass floor. Especially in warm months. Wash them, ”offered a third.

but some argue that all the soapy water ends up at our feet at some point and makes them clean, so why do they need to be scrubbed? In addition, soapy feet are slippery feet and are more likely to bring us to the ground. So what’s the big part about washing them?

The suitcase for washing your feet

On their website they have Institute for Preventive Foot Health emphasizes the importance of washing your feet thoroughly every day with mild soap (also between the toes) and points out something that goes without saying: Our feet are “the foundation of our mobility”.

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Proper washing is an essential part of keeping funky smells at bay. According to Amesh A. Adalja, MD, an infectious disease expert, “Your feet are covered with bacteriajust like the rest of your skin. ”These bacteria, when mixed with sweat, cause foot odor. (It is worth noting that we 250,000 sweat glands on our feet, so … yes. That’s a lot of potential stink.)

Then it comes to the peeling. (Yes, these sometimes hairy, often bony pads also need exfoliation – that is, if we don’t want them to develop calluses.) Regular peeling off of the dead skin helps prevent rough spots from rubbing against our shoes.

Deliberately scrubbing the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet can also help fight off infections like staph (which can get in through a small cut), plantar warts, and athlete’s foot. Will you definitely get these foot discomforts if you don’t wash your feet? No. But according to podiatry specialist Dr. Robert K. Lee: “The more regularly you wash your feet, the less likely it is that viruses, fungi and bacteria will infect your skin.”

Drying is just as important

Since plantar warts and athlete’s foot thrive in warm, humid environments, it’s also important to remove the moisture after washing your footwear. Dry them thoroughly (again between your toes) to protect yourself from fungal growth.

The bottom line

Is it possible to exist on this earth for decades, not wash your dogs every shower and be perfectly fine? Yes sir. But when you know all the benefits, should you? Also yes.