‘Tis the season for warm weather, pools, beaches and...fungi. No not your crazy next door neighbor, but fungus?! That’s right, fungus loves the summer too and it follows you everywhere. What it likes most about the summer is the warm, moist climate. Fungi are in places you might not even think about. Some of the most common places you’ll find it is in your shoes, your socks, on the floor of the shower and even your home. We will concentrate today on fungus being in your shoes and socks.

Have you ever wondered why your feet have that sudden onset of burning and itching? You can blame fungi for that. As previously stated, they thrive in warm moist environments, and what better place than in your shoes and socks. We are constantly on our feet generating heat and sweat and the fungi takes that in and grows and eventually cause Athlete’s Foot. This is an extremely common problem and is very treatable, even if caught a little later than usual. If you do notice a burning itch sensation on your feet, please don’t hesitate to contact your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ. However, even though we talk about Athlete’s Foot being on the foot, it can also travel to your toenails and this can serve to be a more complicated problem but is very treatable with oral medications.

So, some at home tips to make sure this doesn’t happen again or to anyone else in the family are: 1) buy some antifungal powder from your local pharmacy and put that in your shoes at least once a day; 2) try wearing open toed shoes as much as possible. UV light kills fungus so if they are exposed to sun, the better chance they will be eliminated. 3) there are UV Trees you can buy to hang your shoes to kill the fungus. If all else fails, again, please don’t hesitate to call make an appointment with our office because we want you out enjoying the nice summer weather!

 By Nrupa Shah