We are in the first weeks of summer, and if you haven’t broken out those sandals already you will soon. You don’t want your feet to be suffering from athlete’s foot, which is unsightly and can also be painful. With a little extra care you can make sure your feet stay infection-free and ready for summer!
Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that occurs in your feet. Like any fungus, it thrives in damp and warm conditions. This makes your shoes the perfect place for tinea pedis to breed. You contract the infection through small breaks in your skin, such as a blister that breaks, or a place where an ingrown nail has pierced your toe. Some of the things to look out for include a scaly rash and very intense itching, often starting between your toes. If you notice any of these symptoms call your podiatrist right away.
Treating this condition once it has set in can be difficult. This is why prevention is so important. To keep yourself from developing a fungal infection you need only make a few simple changes. Your shoes need to be allowed to air out between uses. Your feet sweat and contribute to the moisture that helps breed fungus. If you let shoes dry out for at least 24 hours before wearing again, you lower your risk. Dry your feet thoroughly after cleaning them and then apply baby powder to keep them dry. You can also change your socks throughout the day. When you are using a public facility, such as a gym shower, make sure you wear flip-flops or shower shoes. Doing these easy things greatly lessen your chances of suffering from athlete’s foot.
If you think you have a fungal infection or have questions regarding prevention, call Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ we are dedicated to keeping your feet happy and healthy.
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