There are many ways to prevent Athlete's Foot. The old proverb “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has held strong throughout the years for a simple reason – it’s absolutely true! No matter if you walk every day to reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems or simply take measures to avoid Athlete’s foot, these “ounces of prevention” spare you from discomfort, pain, and possibly even medical emergencies.
Athlete’s foot, of course, is not as serious as a heart attack or stroke, but it is the source of tremendous discomfort and can potentially cause blisters or ulcers. This condition is often treated easily, especially when caught early. Even better, though, is to avoid Athlete’s foot altogether.
Preventing Athlete's Foot
- You are keeping your feet dry and clean. The fungus responsible for Athlete’s foot needs moisture to survive. Feet naturally provide damp environments since they rely on over 250,000 sweat glands to keep the skin moist. Wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes that allow feet to breathe easily to reduce the moisture and your risk of Athlete’s foot. Also, air your feet out at home (unless you are diabetic!)
- You are protecting your feet in public. If you are walking through a gym locker room, using the showering area, or heading out to an indoor pool deck, protect your feet with clean sandals or shower shoes to avoid your risk of picking up the offensive fungus.
- You are alternating your shoes. Give your footwear time to dry out thoroughly between usage by alternating between two different pairs every other day.
If you need another to avoid Athlete’s foot, you might want to consider the fact that you can also reduce your odds of other skin infections—bacterial, fungal, and viral—by following them. This means less risk of plantar warts and toenail fungus!
Treating Athlete's Foot
In the event you do contract a case of Athlete’s foot, over-the-counter treatments are often quite effective for resolving the problem. When you do, make sure you follow the instructions on the label. It is common for the symptoms to start clearing up before the infection is completely treated. Also, keep in mind that early treatment is most effective.
Keep Athlete's Foot From Spreading
Athlete's foot is highly contagious and can spread easily. Make sure you take steps to prevent Athlete's foot from spreading to other areas of your foot and those around you. Make sure to wash your feet every day or more. Make sure to wash your feet after sports, wearing the same shoes and socks for long periods, or if you notice excessive sweating. Change your socks as needed, too. You can (and should) change your socks if wet or sweaty. We advise you to keep extra socks in your car, locker room, or gym bag. Make sure to wear shoes or sandals in public showers and to thoroughly clean your personal shower after each use. Lastly, make sure to allow your feet and the space between your toes to dry completely before putting on socks or shoes.
No matter if you need professional treatment for a severe case of Athlete’s foot or you would simply like more information on the topic, Fixing Feet Institute is here for you!