There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with an annoying problem that keeps coming back. Perhaps you have had pesky weeds in your lawn that still seem to pop up and multiply, or fruit flies in your kitchen that buzz around even when there is no food on the counter. Sometimes our feet can’t escape pesky, nagging problems either. Athlete’s foot is a common condition that has a tendency to return if you don’t take precautions to care for your feet.
At the root of athlete’s foot is a fungus called dermatophytes. It can be found inside and outside but most often lives and thrives in environments that are warm and moist such as public saunas, showers, locker rooms, and pool decks. Having excessively sweaty feet that are always stuck in socks and shoes can also increase your risk for this type of foot infection. Preventing athlete’s foot simply takes some precaution in environments such as these and some diligent foot care. If you have had this infection before, you can attest to the discomfort of dealing with red, scaly, itchy skin on your feet so try these tips to stop this problem in its tracks.
Start by washing your feet everyday, dry thoroughly (especially between your toes) and always wear a clean pair of socks. Cotton socks tend to hold moisture so choose a synthetic pair that will wick moisture away from your skin. Wear shoes made of leather that breathe and alternate your shoes so they have time to dry out between uses. If you have sweaty feet, use a talcum or antifungal powder on them and always wear sandals or shower shoes in public places where the fungus is likely to be present. This type of infection can be spread from person-to-person from stepping on an infected floor or even towel, so an important part of preventing athlete’s foot is keeping your feet covered.
If you are struggling with this condition and your symptoms are worsening, don’t wait to seek treatment. The infection can also spread to your toenails and become even more difficult to treat. Contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates for help. You can reach our office in Richardson, TX by calling (972) 690-5374.
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