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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 01, 2017
Tags: Athlete's Foot   fungus   infection  

As the weather gets colder several factors come into play which increases the likelihood of contracting a fungal, bacterial or viral foot infection. All of these infectious agents thrive in warm, dark, moist places. Closed in shoes, heavier socks and indoor heat all help create a perfect environment for growth. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we’d like to offer the following tips to help prevent foot infections:

  • Keep your feet covered in public places. Cooler weather often causes people to relocate their exercise and fitness routines indoors to public gyms or swimming pools. Most infections are spread by direct contact so walking in places where other people walk barefoot is a prime way to pick up a foot infection. Use flip flops or showers shoes.
  • Wash feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes because this is where athlete’s foot most often begins.
  • Don’t share items that touch other people’s feet: this includes towels, nail clippers, shoes, socks, washcloths and nail brushes.
  • Keep feet dry. This may mean that you have to change your socks more than once a day if you tend to sweat profusely. You might also consider applying a foot powder in the morning before you put your socks on.
  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Alternate footwear and allow your shoes a chance to air out between uses.
  • Choose shoes and socks made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate around your feet.

Signs of an infection in your feet or nails can include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Flaking or dry skin
  • Oozing or blisters
  • Discoloration
  • Crumbling of nail edges
  • Spots or ridges in nails

Don’t delay in contacting our Washington office (724 225-7410) if you think you may have a foot or toenail infection. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will evaluate your feet and determine the type and cause of the infection. The correct treatment can then be prescribed to eliminate the infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.

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