An athlete’s foot fungal infection can cause red, peeling, and burning skin so it is definitely something to be avoided. Some excellent precautions you can take to keep your feet healthy and be proactive in avoiding a fungal infection are pretty straightforward and easy to achieve.
Some great ways to prevent an athlete’s foot fungal infection include the following:
- Wear breathable socks and footwear—Make sure you allow your feet to dry every day by taking off your shoes and socks and letting them breathe. Wear shoes made of breathable fabrics like leather, canvas, and Goretex to help wick away moisture.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet at least twice a day especially if you are prone to excessive sweating to keep fungi under control. An antifungal spray or powder that you can use in your shoes and on your feet is also recommended.
- Avoid contact with the microbes—Avoid sharing personal care products and footwear with other people. If someone in your family has foot fungus, be sure to avoid coming into contact with the fungi by keeping the shower area clean and sanitized. Always wear sandals or shower shoes in public places like showers and locker rooms.
If you have a difficult fungal infection on your feet, your podiatrist can help. Contact Your Next Step for expert advice and podiatric care from our team of board-certified podiatrists. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle issues, including sports injuries, arthritis, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, contact our offices in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown, PA for more information or to schedule an appointment.