The Surprising Causes of Your Athlete’s Foot Problem

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 20, 2016 6:28:12 PM

athletes_footYou probably already know the risks of walking around barefoot at the gym, swimming pools, and other public places. So you wear shoes to protect yourself from getting cuts, stubbed toes, fungus, and other foot problems – but are you really? Sure, shoes definitely do your feet a favor, but they can’t protect you from everything.

There are some surprising ways you can get a foot fungus like Athlete’s Foot. To save yourself the trouble and inconvenience that comes along with itchy, red, cracked skin, protect your feet in advance by reading the article excerpt below.

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4 Weird Causes of Athlete’s Foot

Protecting your feet from fungi doesn’t have to be hard, though. You just need to know where to start. Keep reading to learn four lesser-known causes of athlete’s foot, and your best defenses against them.

Your Pet
Spot and Sassy shed tiny specks of skin called dander. No biggie, right? For your toes, it is. Fungi easily travels on your pet’s dander throughout your home, Braver says. As you walk barefoot through your rooms, the dander can attach to your soles and cause an infection.

To keep your feet fungi-free at home, regularly wash your pet with an anti-dander shampoo like Dander-Out to minimize flakes, suggests Braver. Also, frequently vacuum your floors and wear slippers.

Your Shoes
Shoes too tight? “Your toes trap in more moisture when they’re squeezed together,” Braver says. “There are most likely fungi already between your toes, and the moisture gives it the environment it needs to grow.” So when you’re shopping for shoes, make sure you can comfortably wiggle your toes before you purchase a pair.

Your Socks 
Your sock choice can increase your risk of infection, too. “Cotton acts like a sponge, says Braver. “It stays wet when you sweat.” Synthetic materials, however, wick away wetness. “If you’re prone to sweating, use a roll-on antiperspirant on the bottom of your feet to help keep them dry,” he adds.

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Athlete’s foot is just one of many types of foot problems that can cause you anything from a minor annoyance to chronic foot pain. The thing with foot problems causing you pain is that if they aren’t treated they will only get worse.

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