5 Tips for Preventing Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes intensely itchy patches to form on the skin of your feet and between your toes. Other symptoms include dry, flaking skin, redness and, eventually, oozing blisters that can lead to a secondary bacterial infection. At FL Foot Health, one of our primary goals is to educate patients about common podiatric disorders.
There are several steps you can take to help prevent this highly contagious fungal infection. These include:
1. Don’t walk barefoot in public places. Fungi are spread by direct contact. When you are at the pool, gym, nail salon or beach restrooms it is essential to wear flip flops or shower shoes to prevent coming in contact with fungi that can cause athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
2. Avoid sharing towels, socks, shoes, nail clippers and any other items that touch someone else’s feet. If one person in your household has the infection, special care needs to be taken to avoid other family members from getting athlete’s foot. This means sterilizing the shower or tub, using separate towels and not allowing the person with athlete’s foot to share a bed with anyone.
3. Keep feet dry. Fungi thrive in places that are dark, warm and moist—like the inside of closed shoes. Choose styles that are open and made of breathable materials. Alternate your shoes to allow time for them to air out.
4. Change your socks as soon as you notice they are damp. Consider using talcum powder each day before you put socks on to reduce perspiration.
5. Practice good podiatric hygiene. Wash your feet every day with a mild soap and water. Dry completely, paying special attention to the area between your toes.
If you have the symptoms of athlete’s foot, make an appointment to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. If you need to find a qualified foot doctor in your area, check our online directory. Athlete’s foot can spread to other areas on your body if left untreated.
To learn more about other foot and ankle health issues, contact us. The FPMA Administrative Office is located at 410 North Gadsden Street in Tallahassee, Florida