Athlete’s foot fungus can cause red, itchy, burning skin to develop, and when the same microbes get under your toenails, the infection can show as discoloration and dry, crumbly toenails. Both conditions usually emit a foul odor as well. Fortunately, you can avoid fungal foot infections with some easy steps.
You can avoid a foot fungus infection with these 3 simple tips:
- Protect your feet from contamination—Since fungi and bacteria can quickly spread, don’t share your footwear, socks, foot care implements, and products with other people to avoid cross-contamination. Keep your shower and bathroom clean and whenever using public facilities at the gym or school, be sure to wear shower shoes or sandals to prevent direct contact with microbes.
- Wear breathable footwear—Wear shoes made with materials such as canvas and linen and high tech fibers like Gore-Tex that allow your feet to breathe. Moisture-wicking socks will also help keep down the moisture in your footwear.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Use warm water and mild soap to wash your feet at least daily. Antifungal sprays and medicated powders will help keep feet dry and kill any microbes.
If you are experiencing itchy, smelly foot fungus, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.