Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.
Some people put lotion on the top and bottom of their feet. However, podiatrists advise patients not to put lotion between their toes. Do you know why you should not put lotion between your toes?
The simple answer is that there is already plenty of moisture between the toes. If you put lotion between your toes, you will only be adding extra moisture.
What's the harm if you do put lotion between your toes?
Do you remember what your skin looks like if you stay in the bathtub or in the swimming pool too long? Your skin becomes wrinkled, and it looks like it will split or crack. That's exactly what your skin will look like between your toes if you put lotion there.
Foot doctors warn that extra moisture between your toes could lead to an infection, and the infection between the toes could become a serious problem. Therefore, in order to prevent the infection from happening in the first place, avoid putting lotion between the toes.
Wash Between Toes
It is perfectly fine to wash between your toes, but remember to dry them thoroughly. Leave it up to nature to moisturize between each toe. Therefore, it is a waste of lotion to needlessly put it between your toes. Besides, it could do more harm than good.
When you go to the beach and sand gets between your toes, remember to wash it out as soon as possible. If you have any scratches, cuts or scapes, the sand will irritate your feet. Make sure you wash your feet and dry them thoroughly. There is nothing more annoying than having grains of sand in your shoes after you leave the beach..
Suggestions for foot care if you are a diabetic
The American Diabetes Association suggests that if you a diabetic, you should pay special attention and give extra care to your feet. Everyone should avoid putting lotion between their toes, and this is especially a caution for diabetics.
The American Diabetes Association advises everyone to keep their feet clean by washing them every day. It is extremely important to dry your feet thoroughly because any moisture left between your toes could cause a fungus to develop.
While is it perfectly fine to put lotion on the top of your feet and on the soles (bottom of your feet), it is not perfectly fine to put lotion between your toes.
Remember to put lotion on the top of your feet and on the bottom of your feet, but do not put lotion between your toes.
Save Money on Lotion When It Is Not Used Between Toes
Some people have admitted that they did not know foot doctors advise not to put lotion between their toes. However, they have refrained from doing so since they have been informed. They also admit that they have noticed that their lotion is lasting much longer since they are not putting any between their toes. Therefore, they are saving money by not using as much lotion.
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on January 14, 2018:
XD I think it will go well!
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 13, 2018:
WOW! Thanks for your feedback that includes your admission and your vow to stop. Hopefully, it won't be hard to break the habit.
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on January 13, 2018:
Margaret, the whole thing makes a lot of sense. I always wash between the toes, but it seems sensible that putting lotion there could be problematic. I'm going to stop doing that. :)
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 12, 2018:
Thanks for reading this old article, but the information is still current. Also, thanks for your comment, Alexander James Guckenberger!
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on January 12, 2018:
This is certainly something to consider. :)