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Why People Who Don’t Wash Their Feet in the Shower Make a Big Mistake

A whopping 2 pints of sweat per day can be produced by just our feet, as they have about 250,000 sweat glands! And combined with the bacteria that live on them, this creates a rather stinky smell. Washing and exfoliating your feet not only helps to remove the odor, but it also benefits your blood, toenails, and even joints.

Bright Side wondered about the benefits of washing our feet, and it turned out to be more important than we thought. Let’s take a look at why!

Washing your feet helps to remove their smell.

Regularly and properly washing your feet helps to remove the dirt, dead skin cells and sweat that accumulated there during the day. Just rinsing them off with water won’t do the trick as most of these things will just stay there. In the end, they will cause your feet to smell rather unpleasant and can even make it easier for infections to grow.

Additional scrubbing helps to prevent infections.

Our feet are as vulnerable to infection as other parts of our bodies, and bacteria that cover them can cause different kinds of inflammation. Scrubbing your feet helps to exfoliate all the unnecessary skin layers together with its microbes and prevents the development of things such as fungus, warts, bunions, corns, and calluses. And if nothing else, this simple procedure is super refreshing.

It reduces your chance of getting joint problems.

It turns out that there might be a connection between hard skin on our feet and problems with the knees, hips, and back. As unnecessary dead skin doesn’t get removed from the feet, it stacks up and gets thicker. This can lead to changes in your gait and can later affect your joints, legs, back bones and muscles. As a result, you might feel some discomfort while moving.

It improves blood circulation.

While washing and exfoliating your feet, give them a nice massage that promotes blood flow. Poor blood circulation causes a lack of oxygen and limits your muscles from growing and developing. In addition, it can cause problems such as muscle pain, stiffness, weakness, and can even make your legs feel numb. That’s why it’s always a good idea to rub and knead your feet under some warm water.

It can stop toenails from growing into the skin.

There are several reasons why ingrown toenails happen, like wearing tight-fitting shoes or badly cut toenails. But sweaty and dirty feet can also promote this unpleasant process. When toes are constantly sweaty, the skin on the edges becomes soft which makes it easier for the toenail to grow into. Also, if there’s any inflammation on the skin, this can make the ingrown toenail really painful.

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How often do you wash your feet? Do you think that they need to get as much attention as other parts of the body? Let’s discuss it in the comment section!

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