Prevent Athletes Foot

Change Socks Regularly to Help Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Regularly changing your socks can help avoid the occurrence of fungal infections in the foot, particularly tinea pedis or Athlete’s foot. At any given time, fifteen to twenty-five percent of people have it. While one method to prevent Athlete’s foot is to wear sandals, the colder months make wearing sandals much more difficult. Changing socks will also reduce unpleasant foot odor. A statement from the U.K.’s National Health Service suggests that you should wear a clean pair of socks at least once a day to avoid smells. Bacteria are also more likely to sit on the surface of polyester and other synthetic fabric in comparison to materials such as cotton.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very contagious form of fungus, which can infect persons usually resulting in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Tinea pedis is the fungus which causes athletes foot, and is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

  • shower floors
  • public changing areas
  • locker rooms
  • gyms
  • bathrooms
  • public swimming pools
  • socks and shoes
  • dormitory style houses

What is Tinea Pedi?

It is the same fungus which causes ringworm, and it is known to be spread by direct contact of the infected body part. The infection also spreads by touching other objects and body parts exposed to the fungus. Tinea Pedi is mostly found on the feet, because it is the ideal place for it to thrive on.

Treatment & Prevention

Because of the reoccurring nature of tinea fungus and athlete’s foot, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention by taking the necessary precautions such as:

  • Wear flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers.
  • Use powders to keep your feet dry
  • Keep your feet exposed to light and cool air
  • Treating athletes foot with special creams/sprays

Having Athlete’s foot warrants a visit to your physician for proper treatment. So, if you have any questions regarding Athlete’s foot and how to manage the condition, speak to one of the best podiatrists in Novi. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.