How can I prevent athlete’s foot?

Some simple preventative care can go a long way in avoiding athlete’s foot. Wash your feet every day with soap and water. Dry them completely, especially between the toes. Wear fresh, moisture-wicking socks made from materials that allow your feet to breathe. If you perspire heavily, change your socks after being active to get the moisture off your skin. Use shoes made from natural or breathable materials so air can circulate around your lower appendages, and try not to wear the same pair two days in a row.

Use antiperspirant products on your feet if they sweat heavily to help reduce the moisture. Avoid walking barefoot in areas that have a high risk of being contaminated by the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, like locker rooms, pool decks, or community showers. You might want to pre-treat your feet with anti-fungal sprays or powders daily, too.

If you’re concerned you may have athlete’s foot, let Dr. Robert Parker check. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment. Just call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.

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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.