Preventing and Treating Athlete's Foot
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
October 01, 2018
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Athlete's Foot   Dry Feet   Sweaty Feet  

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can infect anyone. There are several repercussions to take, according to your Wilmette, IL, podiatristAthletes Foot serving North Shore, IL, that will help prevent or manage this foot condition.

Athlete's foot can infect anyone, especially individuals who expose their feet to moist surfaces. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for are scaly rash, raw, moist skin between toes, itching, and/or stinging and a burning sensation.

There are several preventative measures to take according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas. Don't walk around barefoot in hotel rooms since foot fungus may be on the floor. Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet. Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again. Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact, like handshakes or hugs, and touching a contaminated surface like a blanket or doorknob. Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes, so your Wilmette doctor serving North Shore, IL, advises avoiding both situations. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely. Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them. Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.

Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your podiatrist. If you have any questions, or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Wilmette, IL, podiatrist serving North Shore, IL, today!