Avoid Athlete’s Foot Pitfalls
The Rock and Roll Dallas Half Marathon is coming up March 23, 2014! Will you be running it? U.S women’s record holder and Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor will be there to start her 2014 running season. This is a great race if you love to run and thrive on the thrill of competition—just don’t let a foot problem such as athlete’s foot get in your way.
Let’s face it: athlete’s foot is just an unfortunate thing to deal with, especially if you are in the middle of training or a sports season. It can attack a weekend warrior or someone who loves to spend the day at the gym as well, and the more you know before it strikes, the better. It is a stubborn fungal infection that can be quite uncomfortable and develop into a serious foot problem if left untreated.
The source of this infection is fungus – particularly the kind that thrives in warm, damp environments. Public locker rooms, showers, pool areas, and saunas are prime real estate, which is why athletes are especially vulnerable. Limit your chances of picking up this fungus by always wearing sandals or shoes in these environments. If your feet come in contact with a contaminated surface, you can help stop the growth of the infection by keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing shoes that allow airflow to your feet, and wearing moisture-wicking socks. Always dry well between your toes after bathing or showering as well. Using an anti-fungal powder before you put your socks on can also be effective in warding off this kind of infection.
Athlete’s foot can be stubborn to get rid of and tends to recur once it has developed. Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt can help your feet stay healthy and keep you active. Contact Dallas Podiatry Works if you notice any signs of this infection starting. Call our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323 or request an appointment online.
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