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 and on their skin, but some people are at a higher risk.
High Risk for Athlete's Foot Infections
- 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.
Preventing Fungal Infections in Your Feet
You can avoid Athlete's foot and other fungal infections at home, including 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.
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 Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.