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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 05, 2021
Category: foot fungus

As warmer weather arrives, more and more of our Middlesex County patients are beginning to get out and engage in “normal” activities again. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think this is an excellent time to give some reminders about a common podiatric problem: fungal foot infections

Here are some facts about fungal infections and how to prevent them:

FACT: Foot odor can be a sign of a fungal infection. Other symptoms include red, itchy, burning skin that’s flaky and dry. Fungal nails may become discolored and thickened. Nails may also become brittle and crumbly at the edges.

FACT: Fungal infections are spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi, usually on a surface touched with the feet of an infected person. Wearing shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals in public places like pools, gym locker rooms, beach changing areas where people tend to walk barefoot will significantly reduce your chances of contracting a fungal infection.

FACT: Keeping feet clean by washing them with soap and water every day will lower your infection risk. Just be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, paying extra attention to the spaces between your toes because that’s usually where athlete’s foot first develops.

FACT: A nail salon that doesn’t follow proper sanitizing procedures can be a hotbed of fungal infections. It’s essential to sterilize all foot baths and all nail tools between customers. If you go to a salon regularly, consider bringing your own tools.

FACT: You should avoid sharing shoes or socks with other people or using nail clippers, emery boards, and any other items that have been in contact with someone else’s feet.

FACT: Your footwear choices can increase your risk for infection. Make sure you purchase shoes made of breathable material and that your shoes allow room for air to circulate. Avoid thick cotton socks and other types that cause your feet to sweat. If you perspire heavily, use a foot powder and change your socks throughout the day if you notice they feel damp.

FACT: Fungal infections can spread if not treated promptly. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, if you suspect you have a fungal foot infection.



 








 

 

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