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MediNails Five Fecal Facts on Feet (and hands) by Dr Robert Spalding
Did you know that every shower you take or every trip to the bathroom exposes your feet to fecal material? Here are Five Fecal Facts On Feet from a lecture given by podiatrist Dr Robert Spalding, CEO of MediNail Learning Center and Medinailselftest.com:
1. Up to 18 million people are Fecal incontinent. Some websites report more than one third of all seniors are fecal incontinent. “This makes it’s way to the feet in many circumstances.”
2. A Study in 2008 by Gerba demonstrated 25 of 26 shoes had fecal material on the bottom of the soles and other studies show most bacteria that come into medical clinics and hospitals are from shoes. “When you track this into your house and walk barefoot you carry this material throughout the house on your feet.”
3. Showers are a pivotal way your feet are introduced to fecal bacteria and staph. Water tension, water adhesion and capillary action from cleaning your peri-anal areas and introduce this material to toenails and in-between the toes. You might consider the feet are the “sewer magnets” of the body.
4. Many patients who seek routine foot care services from podiatrists or who have their nails aesthetically cared for by nail technicians do so because they can’t reach their feet. Dr Spalding says, “If they can’t reach their feet, they can’t clean their feet and this allows potential fecal material to concentrate”. Though his investigations in nails salon lawsuits, one of the most common contaminates in the pedicure tubs nail salons are fecal bacteria. So glove up when giving pedicures.
5. A small PCR DNA study of 21 podiatrists and staff who submitted samples of visibly “normal nails” nails to Dr Spalding’s self testing company through a medical conference demonstrate that two subjects had a fecal bacteria entercoccous fecalis and one has an undetected nail fungus.