Tips From a New York Podiatrist: Don't Go Barefoot in the Locker Room

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Feb 22, 2014 3:00:00 PM

new york podiatrist You’re at the gym and just killed a workout. You stumble into the locker room in a hurry to take a quick shower before your lunch break is over. Shoot! You forgot your flip-flops to wear when you’re in the shower stall. One time won’t hurt right? Besides, the gym probably cleans the floors daily and how much bacteria could really be on that tile. It looks clean, right? 

Wrong! Make sure to read these tips from a New York podiatrist before you put your feet at risk.

Walking around barefoot in the locker room, the shower stalls of a gym or really anywhere public where other people are barefoot is putting yourself at risk and exposing your feet to bacteria. Walking around barefoot in the shower portion of the locker room and hoping you don’t catch anything is basically like jumping into shark infested waters hoping you don’ get bit. Take advice from us and just don’t take the chance!

You can catch various types of bacterial infections from not wearing foot protection in hazardous environments. Infections such as staph, toenail fungus and athlete's foot are commonly caught from locker room floors.


Posted by Dr. Shine John


Athletic Foot Problems: The Problem With Having Skin in the Game


Houston NBA fans were delighted when Rockets stars Dwight Howard and James Harden were selected for this year’s All-Star Game. People in over two hundred countries watched the big game, and fans across the city gathered to cheer on these local representatives. Howard and Harden likely enjoyed the experience as well, but it’s possible they left New Orleans with more than they expected.


Locker rooms and showers are the perfect place for bacteria and fungi to thrive. Imagine the All-Star team of fourteen—that’s 28 bare feet on one floor! Each step can leave behind microorganisms that need only a small crack in the skin to enter the body.


There are a variety of skin infections that can lead to athletic foot problems, and athlete’s foot is one of the most common. This fungal infection requires a dark, damp place to grow, and an athletic shoe offers both in abundance. Sweaty feet and sweaty socks equal sweaty shoes—the perfect place for fungi to breed. You should seek help as soon as symptoms arise, since they are sometimes difficult to treat.


Other, more serious conditions can use the feet as a point of entry as well. For instance, a serious form of staph known as MRSA can lead to painful sores that are difficult to address, since they don’t respond to most antibiotics. This infection only needs a small entry point on the feet or toes to develop into a full-blown condition.


How can you avoid athletic foot problems of the skin? First, protect your feet by wearing flip-flops in the locker room and shower. Keep your feet as dry as possible when you play, and examine your feet often for any signs of trouble.


[Read Original Article: Athletic Foot Problems: The Problem With Having Skin in the Game]


As always, if you have any of these issues remember to call your local podiatrist. If you did indeed take the risk and step on the gym floor barefoot and have come down with some sort of infection contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to book an appointment.


Topics: Foot Care, Tips from a New York Podiatrist