Peeling, itchy, and burning skin are the symptoms when an athlete’s foot fungal infection gets all over your feet. While the physical effects are annoying and even debilitating, the foot odor can also be quite unpleasant. The fungi that cause this infection are very prevalent in the environment, so the best way to avoid getting the infection is to avoid the fungi and keep them from getting established in your footwear.
To avoid and treat athlete’s foot fungus, always do the following:
- Wear breathable socks and shoes—Always let your feet and footwear dry out completely between wearings. Shoes made of breathable fabrics like canvas and Gore-Tex are ideal. Socks should be made of breathable fibers like cotton.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Use antifungal spray or powder in your shoes and on your feet, especially if you are prone to excessive sweating. A non-chemical method to help keep your feet dry is to use cornstarch or baking soda to soak up moisture.
- Remember that it’s contagious!—Armed with that knowledge, don’t share footwear, socks, towels, or foot care implements and products with anybody else to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure the bath and shower are kept clean and be sure to change your socks every day. Always wear shower shoes or sandals when using public facilities like gyms and locker rooms.
If you are experiencing complications with foot fungus, see your podiatrist for the best care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.