With the summer sun comes rising temperatures, humidity, and exposure of feet by many people. Nevertheless, too much bare foot exposure and not enough covering up of the feet in the summer could lead to severe health risks. According to Hudson Valley podiatrist Clifford Toback, keeping your feet continuously bare in the summer allow them to get into interaction with dangerous materials and also increase the risk of athlete’s foot.
By putting your bare feet on unprotected ground, you can become more prone to athlete’s foot, plantar warts and other disturbing conditions. It is recommended that throughout the summer you should avoid flip-flops, and keep sunscreen on your feet when out in the sun for long periods. Also it is important to keep your toenails properly trimmed and maintained.
Anyone is susceptible in attaining Athlete’s foot, but can be easily avoided following the right preventative care and treatment. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. will be able to determine your condition and follow the appropriate treatment options for foot care needs.
What is Athlete’s Foot?
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.
What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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