There are a few different ways to treat shoes that may be harboring foot fungus, but I recently came across a device that looks pretty cool.
Known as the SteriShoe (with a more powerful new model, the SteriShoe Plus, also available) the product attaches to your shoe and uses ultra-violet rays to sanitize your shoes, ridding them of infection causing fungi. As an added bonus, the rays can even rid your shoes of that awful stinky-foot odor.
While a lot of products claim to work miracles, this product actually has some scientific weight behind it—a study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that the SteriShoe reduced by 80% the levels of fungi that cause nail infections and athlete’s foot. The new SteriShoe Plus hasn’t yet been tested but, since it’s UV Light is more powerful than the one in the original model, it stands to reason that it will be just as or more effective than the original model.
Now, you may ask: do I really need a $150 device to treat the fungus lingering in my shoe? Well, my answer is: it depends. There are plenty of OTC sprays that can sterilize your shoes fairly well, and for most individuals, that should be enough.
If, however, you are diabetic and a foot infection could quickly become a medical emergency; or, your foot fungus just keeps coming back, even after being medically treated by a professional; this could be just the tool you need to kick that pesky fungus to the curb.
If you have questions about a nasty foot or toenail infection, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!