Are You at Risk for Athlete’s Foot?
If you want to beat the Arizona heat, come down to the Surprise Aquatic Center. Just make sure you bring those shower shoes! Athlete’s foot and foot fungi thrive in places that are damp, dark, and warm, which makes a public pool or locker room the perfect breeding ground. Certain people are at a higher risk of contracting foot fungus than others. Find out if you’re one!
Anyone can get a fungal infection in their toenails, but some people are at a higher risk. Ask yourself these questions to find out if you need to take some extra precautions:
- Are you older than 60?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Is your immune system strong or weak?
- Are you prone to ingrown toenails?
- Do you have an open wound on or around your nails?
- Do your feet sweat more than usual?
- Do you spend a lot of time (home or work) in a hot or humid place?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions your chances of developing Athlete’s foot may be higher than others. It’s really important to protect your feet before an infection develops, because it can be difficult to get rid of existing fungus.
Some things you can do for yourself at home include washing your feet daily and making sure they are thoroughly dried before putting on socks or shoes. Since shoes tend to get moist during the day due to sweat, you will want to change out your footwear daily. Have AT LEAST two pairs of shoes to cycle through while the other ones dry out. If you plan on going to the pool or gym always wear shower shoes in the locker room.
Make sure that when you clip your toenails you do it safely. Cut straight across and file them down afterwards. An ingrown toenail is the perfect opening for fungus.
Taking these simple steps can make a difference between getting a fungus and staying healthy.
If you have more questions about protecting your feet against Athlete’s foot call Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to make an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.