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HEALTH RISK OF WEARING SECOND-HAND SHOES IS LOW

When it comes to secondhand shopping, there’s undoubtedly a market for shoes. In fact, according to the area manager for Buffalo Exchange consignment stores in New York, Alyson Lutynski, footwear is one of the chain’s best-selling category of items. The thought of slipping into another person’s shoes may seem gross to some, but according to California-based podiatrist Diane Koshimune, DPM most shoppers have little reason to be concerned about their health being affected in doing so. 
 
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Dr. Diane Koshimune
 
 
“The safety of wearing used shoes should be considered carefully in high-risk patients who are immunocompromised [or have a reduced ability to fight off infections],” said Dr. Koshimune. “However, gently used shoes that have been properly cleaned and deodorized should not negatively impact the foot health of a new owner.”
 
Source: Samantha Peters, Footwear News 
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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