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Foot Notes

Playing Russian roulette with your health, every time you row

“One of the major issues in rowing shells is the fact that most boathouses have high humidity due to the marine environment and whilst rowing, skin cells on the feet are being shed into the rowing shoe.

The shoes that are strapped inside the boats permanently, rarely get the opportunity to dry out and this makes a perfect environment for fungal colonies to grow in. Breakdown of the skin is a portal of entry for a bacterial infection also, so things like blisters and even small abrasions on the feet are a significant issue.”

Mr Mike Curtin B App Sc (Pod), B Ed (HMHE) Principal Podiatrist Central West Foot and Ankle Clinic

When you pull a boat out of the club racks for your morning row, do you ever stop and think about who rowed before you in those shoes bolted into the boat? Research shows that maybe you should.

While just the thought of some of your crew mates’ bare feet may make you feel queasy, it is an all too often overlooked issue of clubhouse or school rowing, until of course you come off the water with some form of itch or nasty looking rash. What I’m about to tell you might help bring feet and shoes closer to your attention.

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