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How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot at the Gym

Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can be picked up in gyms. One of the best ways to avoid getting athlete’s foot is to shower at home instead of at the gym. However, if you do opt to shower right after your workout at the gym, you should wear shower shoes or flip flops so that your feet are not exposed to the fungi on the floor. Shower stall floors are the perfect host for different types of fungus that can enter your body through tiny cuts and openings in the skin. If you notice that the gym shower you use has mold on the floors, you should immediately inform the gym and you should not return until the mold is cleaned. If you notice that your gym may be unsanitary it is best that you find a new place to workout.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Long Island.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Jefferson Station, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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