How do I avoid athlete’s foot?

Avoiding athlete’s foot isn’t difficult, but it does take some conscious effort. It’s a common fungal infection that thrives in warm, damp atmospheres, so limiting both exposure to the pathogen and a foot environment that would make it grow is the key to prevention. Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them every day and dry them thoroughly afterwards, especially between the toes. Wear clean, moisture-wicking socks to pull sweat away from your skin. Use shoes made from natural materials that allow air to circulate. Avoid walking barefoot at pools and saunas, or in locker rooms and public showers. These places have a high chance for contamination and spreading athlete’s foot to you, so wear sandals or shower shoes to protect your feet.

If you’re really concerned, consider pre-treating your skin and shoes with anti-fungal sprays or powders. This helps kill any stray pathogens before they develop into an infection. Our team at Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. is happy to help you avoid a fungal infection, or quickly treat one you already have. Simply contact our South Plainfield, NJ, office for an appointment by calling (908) 222-8980.

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