Podiatry Center of New Jersey wants all patients to enjoy summer to the fullest but knows that, unfortunately, summer is prime time for foot fungal infections. These infections can be irritating, painful, and persistent if not treated properly. In this blog post, we explore three common mistakes to avoid when dealing with summer foot fungal infections, helping you maintain healthy feet throughout the sunny season.

  1. Don’t Ignore Early Symptoms

One of the biggest mistakes you can make with a foot fungal infection is ignoring the early symptoms. Signs of a fungal infection include itching, redness, peeling skin, and a burning sensation. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to the infection spreading and becoming more severe, making it harder to treat and leading to potentially larger consequences and complications down the line.

  1. Don’t Share Personal Items

Sharing personal items such as towels, socks, and shoes can spread fungal infections. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and can easily transfer from one person to another. Ensure you use your own items and keep them clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection.

  1. Don’t Wear Tight or Non-Breathable Shoes

Wearing tight or non-breathable shoes can create a moist environment that is ideal for fungal growth. This can not only exacerbate an existing infection but also increase the risk of developing new ones. Instead, choose footwear that allows your feet to breathe, such as sandals or shoes made from breathable materials.

  1. Don’t Neglect Foot Hygiene

Failing to keep feet clean and dry can worsen the infection. Wash your feet daily and ensure they are thoroughly dried, especially between the toes.

  1. Don’t Ignore Signs on Your Nails

If toenails are affected, they need specific treatment. Don’t neglect signs of fungal nail infections, such as discoloration, thickening, or crumbling nails.

Dealing with summer foot fungal infections requires prompt attention and proper care. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can effectively manage and prevent foot fungal infections. If you want more tips on how to prioritize your foot care this summer, the expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey can help. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online.