Spending a lazy day at the Surprise Aquatic Center is the perfect summer activity. You don’t have to worry about much except for applying sunscreen and making sure you and your children don’t bring home an unwanted foot fungus.
Foot fungus, also known as athlete’s foot, is a highly contagious fungus that tends to breed rapidly in good conditions. This includes areas that are dark, damp, and warm, which makes a place like a pool or gym locker room a perfect breeding ground. If you aren’t careful you could end up with a difficult to control problem on your hands (or feet). Some signs to look out for include cracked, blistered, or scaly looking skin on the feet. There may also be discomfort or a foul smelling odor associated with athlete’s foot.
Remember that prevention is the best way to fight this problem, so prepare yourself and especially your children. Kids tend to be a little more lax in their preventative care measures against foot fungus, and they also like to share things with each other. Remind your little ones to always wear shower shoes when they’re walking around the locker room. Even if you can’t SEE fungus just know that it’s there and waiting to strike. Tell them not to share towels or shoes with their friends.
Another important tactic to prevent athlete’s foot is to keep your feet clean and dry. This means washing them every day and drying them thoroughly, especially in between the toes. Make sure they have a few pairs of shoes to cycle through and never let them wear the same pair of socks two days in a row.
Fighting foot fungus is a group effort and we are here to help join the fight. If you have more questions please call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment with us at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.