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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 11, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

When the temperatures get cooler, many patients move their fitness routines inside to gyms and exercise studios. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we begin to see an increase in athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other fungal conditions. What’s the connection?

Fungal infections are spread by direct contact. And, they love moist places. Places like the gym or a community pool or even the nail salon create a “perfect storm” for fungal infections—lots of barefooted people in damp conditions! You can, however, take steps to avoid athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. Below are some do’s and don’ts to protect your feet:

Do: wear flip-flops or shower shoes at all times when you are at the gym (or any public place where people are walking barefoot).

Don’t: share socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch someone else’s feet. Fungal infections are highly contagious. If someone in your household has one, it’s important to make sure that the shower is thoroughly cleaned after they use it and that they don’t share a bed with another family member.

Do: bring your clippers, cuticle trimmers, emery board, and other tools to the nail salon. (Always check that proper sanitizing methods are being followed for cleaning whirlpool foot baths too.)

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and water.

Don’t: forget to dry your feet completely and pay particular attention to the spaces between your toes. This is the spot where athlete’s foot most often develops first.

Do: change your socks more than once during the day if your feet tend to sweat excessively. Never let feet sit in damp or wet socks and shoes.

Don’t: wear the same pair of shoes for several days in a row. Shoes can also be a breeding ground for fungi and need to be aired out between uses.

Don’t: wait to seek treatment if you notice signs of athlete’s foot, fungal toenail or other fungal conditions. Rashes, discoloration of the skin or nails, dryness or other unusual symptoms should be reported to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, promptly so they can be treated before they spread. If you think you may have a fungal infection on your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Linden, Edison, Monroe or Monmouth County today by calling: 732-662-3050.

 

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