Sunday, November 18, 2018

Watch out for snakes and spiders in your shoes

Now we often read about the damage shoes can do to our feet but seldom would we consider shoes might kill you, too. Well to be accurate, what lives in the shoe may have devastating effect on the unsuspecting. Each year reports are filed where death is averted when people realise there is a snake in their shoes. Happened in Australia when a young man hoping to spare his family the indignity of smelling his stinky trainers Gallantly left them outside on the veranda to air overnight. In the morning he was in a rush to attend a tennis tournament but became anxious when no matter how he tried he could not get his left shoe to fit. Thinking he may have left a sock in his sneaker he instinctively went to put his hand into the shoe. Fortunately then he saw what was restricting his access. A 90cm red-bellied black snake had coiled itself up into a ball and made a temporary home in the Asics trainer. Luckily for all, family members were able to encourage the wakened snake to vacate but not without a bitter of retaliation. Fortunately his attempts to bite were futile and eventually he slithered away. This is a timely warning to us all, to check shoes before slipping them on, especially when you are in the habit of leaving them outside to air. Spiders and snakes find the dark warm environment very alluring and foot odour is not something that appears to worry them.

While we are on the topic of checking shoes, it pays dividends to regularly check the inside of footwear for damage to the lining which may be the cause of skin callus and nail thickening. Many persistent lesions are both caused and made worse by breakdown of the materials inside the shoe caused by excess wear. This is often disguised by an outward appearance of a stout and stable looking shoe. Shallow toe boxes are common and when combined with short fittings damage nail growth causing thicker, often unmanageable nails. This simple check can prevent lesions for becoming worse and is recommended to carers responsible for others.

Reviewed 18/11/2018

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