We all have that one thing that can give us goose bumps just thinking about it. Maybe it is spiders, a certain food, or the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. A fungal infection is something that just sounds unpleasant, and it is. The reality is that it is a common foot problem, and many aren’t aware that their shoes may be creating the perfect environment for this to happen.
The two most common fungal infections of the foot are Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Both of these problems are caused by fungi – microscopic organisms that can be picked up in warm, damp environments and can then take hold in your nails or on the outer skin layers of your feet. The bottom line is that most shoes don’t “breathe” but rather create a dark and moist environment for fungi to thrive. The warm, humid environment inside your shoes can help the infection develop and also contribute to it spreading.
To prevent an infection in the first place, or stop it in its tracks if it has already started, take action with your footwear. First, avoid dampness in your shoes by always wearing socks that help wick away moisture from your skin. If you have really sweaty feet, you may want to change your socks during the day. An anti-fungal powder is also helpful in reducing moisture. Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and switch out shoes daily to give them time to dry out. It is important to know that shoes can be the source of re-infection, so throw away old, sweaty shoes, treat new ones with an anti-fungal powder, and never share shoes with others.
If you have missed the boat and need help with a fungal infection, Mark Gasparini, D.P.M has the treatment you need to effectively get rid of it once and for all. Contact our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment today.