Athlete’s foot is a common problem caused by a microscopic fungus that lives in the environment around us, growing just about anywhere that is warm and moist. You can’t avoid encountering it entirely, but you can make it unlikely to contract an infection from the fungi. Dry your feet completely after washing them, especially in between your toes. Wear socks designed to wick sweat away from your feet, especially ones made from natural materials like cotton or wool. Change your socks every day, too—several times a day if you are active or your feet sweat very much. Wear shoes that don’t squeeze your toes and are well-ventilated so your feet are able to breathe. Also, wear sandals or shower shoes in public places that are high-risk for fungus, like pools, community showers, and locker rooms.
If you are prone to fungal infections, Dr. Evan Merrill may recommend you treat your feet and shoes with anti-fungal sprays or powders regularly to help discourage the microorganisms’ growth. If you think you may have already developed athlete’s foot or are otherwise concerned about changes in the skin on your feet, don’t wait and let the problem get out of control. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by calling our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.