Whether you’re spending a day in the summer sun with the family by the community pool or getting in some laps before work in the comfort of a heated indoor pool at the gym, pool environments can be risky environments when it comes to our feet. Here are a few precautions worth taking and some useful tips to help you stay protected from some of the stinky dangers your feet face in these warm, habitually damp environments.
It’s easy to think about pool chemicals as the best foot cleaner out there. Shouldn’t that protect our feet from infections, foot odor, and other problems? Well, only while we’re in the pool, only if we aren’t prone to foot problems, and only if we take additional precautions to care for and protect our feet.
Pools can be chlorine, bromine, or salt water solutions, but one thing they all have in common are the effects they can have on our skin, including our feet. They have a cleansing effect to be sure. But salt and other pool chemicals can also be drying to our skin. It’s easy to think of that as a good thing since too much moisture can lead to bacterial infections that cause foot odor. However, dried out skin can lead to flaking and cracking, which can trap bacteria and fungus, causing the very problem we are trying to avoid. That’s just one of the reasons a balanced moisture regimen is important when caring for our feet.
Pool water aside, pool environments like locker rooms are moist environments that are a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria which could potentially lead to foot odor. For example, they could lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot, which are highly contagious and thrive in pool areas and adjacent ecosystems. Think about it. There’s the pool deck, pool toys, and public access facilities like locker rooms, showers, wet floors, damp clothing, and damp towels. Together they create the perfect scenario for microorganisms. Luckily, there’s plenty we can do to care for our feet, no matter what we expose them to.
Avoid letting your feet have direct contact with the floors, whether it’s the pool deck, the locker room floors, or the showers. Not only does this help to avoid placing your feet in the midst of an algae bloom of contagious biological material.
Waterlogged skin becomes wrinkled because of the absorption of water. While this is something harmless most kids make fun of for the similarities it has to their grandparents, it does create risk. Waterlogged skin is softer and more likely to tear, which means it can not only collect bacteria we come into contact with, but those microorganisms can be absorbed more readily and more difficult to get rid of.
One of the most sensitive areas of your feet is the skin between your toes, where the appearance of bacteria is more likely. It is common to neglect that (mostly) hidden part of your feet, but a more attentive wash and dry could make all the difference.
It’s not like we’re going to avoid the pool, right? But even when we’re at the pool, we can avoid the ecosystem that attacks our feet and can cause itching and odor. And just to be safe, we can add FOOT SENSE as a way to ensure our feet and the environment we keep them in the rest of the day are dry, not from chemicals that can exacerbate the problem, but with an all-natural formula that is designed for balanced foot health.