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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
September 17, 2013
Category: Fungal Problems

“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!” For many children, this popular saying from the beginning of summer has been put back in the vault for the year. School has begun and elementary, high school and college students alike are in the swing of things! A big emphasis in schools across the nation involves physical activity. The Let’s Move Campaign, founded in 2010 by First Lady Michelle Obama continues to educate schools and communities on the importance of physical activity to combat obesity.

Along with the benefits of being active, kids are at risk for problems such as foot fungus. A fungal problem can attack the toenails or it could affect the skin on the feet. Going barefoot in public areas such as pools and shower/locker room areas is a common way that kids can pick up the fungus. Bacteria and fungi like warm, damp environments, so athletic shoes are another place this organism can thrive and cause problems.

Dr. Phil Pinsker, podiatrist in Washington, PA advises parents to add one more thing to their student’s supply lists – water shoes. If your child is involved in sports that will have them hanging around pool decks, gym floors or locker rooms, send a pair of water shoes in their gym bag as a form of defense against fungal infections. They are a minimal investment to protect against a foot problem that is notorious for being stubborn to treat and having a tendency to recur.

Teach your children to look for signs of redness, discoloration, itching, swelling or changes in their toenails. If your child is already complaining of foot pain or showing signs of a toenail or skin infection, get treatment early to nip the problem in the bud. Make an appointment today Dr. Pinsker by calling (724) 225-7410 or set it up directly from our appointment request page