Wash Hands to Keep Feet Healthy

The World Health Organization and its partners have designated May 5 as Global Hand Hygiene Day. That means the scientists and advocates at WHO believe hand washing is at the very center of disease prevention. Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos agrees. Clean hands can help keep your feet and ankles healthy, too!

How Can Hand Washing Improve Foot Health?

Some foot health issues are caused by viruses, fungus, and bacteria that enter the body through small nicks and cuts in the skin. These include plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and some toenail fungus. When you keep hands clean, you reduce the opportunities for these pathogens to get into the bloodstream.

When and How to Wash Hands

It is essential to wash hands often. It reduces opportunities for microbes to enter your body through your mouth, your skin, or small nicks and cuts. If you will be touching your bare feet – perhaps to trim your toenails or apply a bandage to a blister – you must wash your hands first. Of course, you should also wash your hands prior to preparing or eating food or any time you use the bathroom.

Wash hands with warm water and lots of antibacterial soap. Be sure to get every surface including the palms, the backs of your hands, the fingers, and under the nails. Dry with a clean towel and, if dry skin is an issue, apply a bit of moisturizer periodically.

If you are worried about an infection of the feet, or if you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is ready to help. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is a medical expert and the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body.

Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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