Now that summer is over, you might not be headed to the beach or the pool, but there are still plenty of chances to get foot and nail infections! Shoving our feet into fall boots and thicker socks as the days get cooler mean sweatier, unaerated feet. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, that means we’ll likely be seeing more cases of athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and other skin and nail infections. The bacteria and fungi that cause those thrive in warm, wet, dark environments (like the inside of a sweaty boot). That’s why we put together a list of do’s and don’ts to help you avoid unwanted, uncomfortable infections.
Do: Begin and maintain a solid foot care routine. A good regimen includes washing with soap and water daily, and inspecting your feet for any marked changes or signs of skin or nail disorders or infections.
Don’t: walk barefoot in public areas. When you are at the locker room of your gym, or any other place that is wet and dark, always wear flip flops, water shoes, or shower shoes. Those places harbor tons of bacteria that can lead to nasty infections!
Do: Ask questions if you’re getting a pedicure at a salon. Ask what sanitization procedures they have in place, and how they clean all of their instruments. Also look for a state issued license, checking the licensing date closely.
Don’t: Share nail clippers, socks, sandals, foot towels, flip-flops, or anything else foot-related with anyone – even friends and family.
Do: Completely dry your feet after showering or washing. Pay particularly close attention between your toes (where athlete’s foot typically starts). Over the counter powders provide some additional protection as well.
Don’t: wear wet or sweaty socks. If you know you sweat a lot during the day, bring an extra pair of socks to change into. It also helps to disinfect your shoes in between uses and try not to wear the same pair every single day.
If notice changes in your feet or nails, it could be an infection. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!