Footwear a fungus farm for Athlete’s Foot?

In this article we examine the role footwear plays in creating the ideal conditions for Athlete’s Foot to occur. We also take a look at how to make the best choices for shoes, boots and training shoes to prevent the problem in the future.

Flip flop to stop fungi

Many times, Athletes Foot conditions could be avoided if some basic care strategies were followed. For instance, fungus does not like dry and ventilated zones. Therefore, it’s one of the best ideas to wear open-toed shoes (such as flip-flops). This will give the feet plenty of airflow and increase the exposure to ultra-violet light which also discourages fungi to grow.

When tight is not right for foot fungus

Consideration should be given to not purchasing tight footwear because foot constriction can cause abrasion points on the feet. These sites, through consistent friction, can encourage open sores and blisters to form on feet. These small injuries are ideal gateways for infection to begin.

A water-tight reason not to wear plastic and rubber footwear

Footwear, mostly made of plastic or rubber, can cause many fungal problems because these materials are impermeable. Therefore, they are great for keeping moisture out but unfortunately, they keep it in too. Being water-tight means that air also can’t circulate and so this encourages feet to sweat. This lack of ventilation builds a warm and moist micro-climate in shoes, boots and training shoes which, all too easily, foster the growth of fungi.

It’s advisable therefore, when wearing closed toed shoes, to select options made of breathable materials like natural leather or canvas.

Socking it to fungus good

Socks made from cotton, wool, or acrylic fibers, can assist in keeping people’s feet in a dry condition. There are specialist products, like Thorlo Socks, that are specifically designed to rid the feet of moisture.

Don’t walk a mile in another’s shoes

To avoid cross contamination, its’ a well-established principle not to swap, share footwear or socks with anyone else, especially people who do a lot of sport!

Antifungal treatment

A lot of thought should be dedicated to applying antifungal powders every day inside shoes, boots, sporting and working footwear. This will create a dryer, more sterile environment so discouraging conditions like Athletes Foot.

Bring in barefoot bans to reduce infections

When people use public pools, shower areas or walk around in any type of shower facility or locker rooms they should wear appropriate footwear. These places are often a major risk to the public as they are ideal areas for fungal cross-infection. To lessen the threat to folks they should use: shower shoes, flip-flops, or water shoes. The advantage of these items is they present a physical barrier against contacting Athlete’s Foot or other foot related conditions.