Onychomycosis and athlete’s foot are two fungal infections that we treat often at Gentle Professional Foot Care. Understanding the causes and conditions where fungi flourish can help you avoid these irritating foot problems.
Where the Fungi Grow
Fungi thrive under the following conditions:
Lack of air circulation
Sounds like the insides of your shoes, right? And that is one place where fungal infections tend to develop. If your feet are trapped in closed-in shoes and they sweat, you have the perfect situation for fungi to breed. Fungi also love places like public pools, gym locker rooms and showers and the nail salon. Fungal infections are spread by direct contact, so any places where people walk barefoot tend to be places where you’ll find fungi.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other fungal infections. These include:
Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them completely.
Always keeping feet covered with shower shoes or flip-flops when walking in public places that have a high likelihood of having fungi present.
Rotating your footwear—try not to wear the same shoes multiple days in a row.
Don’t share towels, nail clippers, shoes or socks with another person.
Keeping feet dry. Changing socks when you notice they are damp.
Using a talcum or anti-fungal foot powder daily before putting on your socks.
Recognize and Treat Infections Promptly
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include red, dry and incredibly itchy skin that may eventually form blisters. It often starts between the toes and then travels to the soles of the feet. Fungal toenails are usually discolored, thickened and crumbling at the edges. If you recognize these symptoms, it’s important that you make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, when you first notice them. The foot doctor will examine your feet, toes and nails and be able to determine if your symptoms are being caused by a fungal infection. He will then prescribe the best treatment method for you.
Fungal infections can spread from one part of your body to another and, in some cases, can also lead to a secondary bacterial infection. So, don’t delay. Contact our Venice office today by calling: (941) 493-7999.