You don’t have to be playing sports all the time to be saddled with the terrible itchiness, redness, pain, and even oozing that can occur with an athlete’s foot infection. This condition can make your days (and nights) quite miserable indeed. The good news is that, since athlete’s foot is caused by fungal organisms, it can be treated and even prevented from recurring with some common-sense steps.

Some tips for treating and preventing athlete’s foot fungus include the following:

  • Keep your feet as dry and clean as possible—Let your shoes air out for a day or two between uses. Shoes made with breathable fibers (like Gore-Tex) help to reduce moisture buildup. Wash your feet every day to rinse away any recent microbes.
  • Avoid contact with microbes—Microbes such as fungi are more prevalent in public places like locker rooms, gyms, and public showers. Always protect your feet with shower shoes or sandals to help avoid contact with the microbes and prevent infections.
  • Use anti-fungal powders and sprays—These products can be applied to kill the fungi on your feet and directly in your shoes. The powder will also help to absorb moisture.

If you are experiencing itchy and painful fungus on your feet that just won’t quit, see your foot doctor for treatment. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal, Dr. Dolan Chowdhury, Dr. Jaclyn Ramirez, Dr. Magdalena Marcinek, and Dr. Chris A. Obiarinze treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high-quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.