Water recreation is a big part of staying cool in the summer months, but beware of foot conditions that can result from poor protection and hygiene! One condition that is seen in many patients during the summer is athlete’s foot. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can be transferred from another person or dirty surfaces at public locations such as pools, locker rooms or showers. Those who regularly visit these areas are more likely to acquire athlete’s foot, as are those who share socks or shoes with someone who has this condition.
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Athlete’s foot can cause blisters and cracked skin on the feet, not to mention foot odor. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot flourishes in warm and wet areas, such as in between your toes! It can spread effortlessly through direct or indirect contact through towels or from the floors of shared locker rooms or public pools. After someone has this fungus, they are more likely to get it again because of its contagious nature.
Follow these tips to treat athlete’s foot:
- Wear shoes that are clean and disinfected to make it harder for fungus to grow.
- Wear socks that wick away moisture. Change your socks regularly to prevent fungus from building up within them.
- Use antifungal medications.
- Wear shoes that are made of breathable, natural materials like leather. Also, try using shoes that have open-toe boxes to allow the foot to air out.
- Wash your feet on a daily basis and dry them properly when required. Utilize foot powders to completely dry out feet.
- Wear protective footwear like sandals when utilizing a public pool or locker room to prevent any fungus from the floor from getting into contact with the skin of the foot.
- Rotate your footwear to allow for ample time to air out.
At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has proven treatment methods that can help your feet overcome the veracity of athlete’s foot! Please make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and check out our Patient Education Library for much more information about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.