April Showers Bring May Flowers….Be Prepared to Combat Athlete’s Foot
By: Dr. Caplis
It’s hard to believe the month of May is here and the end of school is upon us all. As we enter the summer remember to always keep your feet dry and healthy. South Louisiana brings particular challenges to this equation based on heat and our ever-oppressive friend humidity. So far we have been fortunate that the temperature so far has been under control long enough to give us a brilliant Jazz Fest.
All good things, however, at some point in time must come to an end. So, as the heat approaches, the following are a few things to help with keeping your feet in good health. Use powder in your shoes and between toes to reduce moisture that can lead to irritating athlete’s foot. This condition is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet and it can be extremely painful and stop you in your tracks. Some of the most common issues relating to athlete’s foot include itching sensation, blisters, burning, peeling and malodorous feet. As a secondary byproduct, shoes may also smell from bacteria. To address the issues, there are many treatment options, some over the counter and some may require a bit more aggressive treatment. One of the most important factors to address the issue is that the feet need to stay dry. You can also try using a Dri-fit sock and that is NOT 100% cotton, which can trap and hold moisture vs. wick it away. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet. As stated before some over the counter treatments will help cure athlete’s foot in a couple of weeks, however, some cases just don’t want to go away, so you may need to see your podiatrist for a prescription anti-fungal gel or lotion. Cases that get really out of hand can include the foot fungus spreading and forming blisters, this can also lead to a superficial bacterial infection that may require an oral antibiotic.
To kill bacteria and limit the amount of opportunity for the fungus to spread, spray your shoes with an all-purpose disinfectant such as Lysol. If you’ve been suffering from this condition and need additional help, make an appointment with your podiatrist to get the proper diagnosis to ensure that the issue that you are treating is properly addressed. Remember – you don’t have to suffer.
Have fun out there and keep those feet dry and healthy!!!
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