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Vacation Tips 101- Keep Athlete’s Foot Away

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Even though the weeks of summer are waning away and the busyness of fall is right around the corner, we know many of you are still soaking up every last minute! Whether you are relaxing at home, on a secluded beach, at a busy family resort, or walking around Disneyworld, there are some important vacation tips to remember to keep feet safe and healthy from athlete’s foot.

Avoid Athlete's Foot on VacationThere’s nothing like a good case of athlete’s foot to put a damper on a vacation. Red, itchy skin on your feet is not a fun souvenir to take home. You may think that it won’t happen to you but it is a common foot problem that can affect anyone.

First of all, it is caused by a fungus that thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. It can also be spread by coming in contact with an infected person or by stepping on a contaminated surface. Knowing these two pieces of information sets you up for the best preventative action.

Make sure your feet aren’t crammed into tight, sweaty shoes all day, since fungus like warm, damp places. Go barefoot or wear breathable shoes when you can and change your shoes and socks every day. Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials that don’t allow your feet to breathe. If you are going to be in public areas such as pools, showers, locker rooms, or fitness centers, never go barefoot. Always wear a flip-flop or sandal to protect your feet from picking up the fungus. If you are concerned or see any signs of an infection starting, use an antifungal powder on your feet and seek further treatment as soon as possible before it spreads.

If you came home with a foot problem, it’s not too late to take action with these vacation tips and contact Dallas Podiatry Works for expert foot care. Call Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt in Dallas, TX, at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX, at (972) 943-3323.

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Dr. David R. Northcutt
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Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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