Two Ways A Tavares Podiatrist Recommends Avoiding Athlete's Foot

As a Tavares podiatrist, I’ve seen many patients come in with several fungal infections such as athlete's foot. Here are two ways you can prevent it by staying cautious with the cleanliness of your feet.

Athlete's foot is a skin infection caused by fungus and it is commonly seen on feet because of the moist warm environments spent in the shoe. Burning, stinging, itching, redness and flaking of the skin may occur between the toes as a side effect. To avoid any of these painful possibilities here are two ways to prevent athlete's foot from happening to you from your Tavares podiatrist.

Clean Feet    

Keeping your feet clean plays a significant role in avoiding athlete's foot. After workouts or long days, make sure to thoroughly clean in between your toes to prevent any dirt buildup. After drying your feet wash your towel, don’t go extended periods of time before switching your towel and never share towels. Athlete's foot can spread through direct contact when an uninfected person touches the infected area of the infected.  

Avoid walking barefoot on the road. Many people overlook this, but you don't know what you could step on. In Florida we have many water parks, and by wearing water shoes, you can also avoid fungus from building up on your feet.

Dry Feet

After swimming or bathing, it is important to dry your feet between the toes with a towel. If you have sweaty feet, you can absorb the moisture by changing your socks between the day. Never wear socks that have not been washed and let your shoes dry at least 24 hours before wearing them again.

Because athlete's foot occurs when your foot is kept in a shoe, try to change your shoes by wearing sandals to allow your feet to breathe. There are many antifungal powder products you can use that will kill the fungus, but your Tavares podiatrist will be able to recommend the best treatment for you.

You can avoid athletes foot with good hygiene and by being careful of what your feet are coming into contact with. The Ankle and Foot Center, along with our Tavares podiatrist team, will take care of your particular case to ensure that your feet will be healthy clean and fungi free.