The combination of high temperatures and humidity creates an ideal environment for fungi to thrive and affect our foot health.
Summer is a season full of outdoor activities, from walks on the beach to refreshing dips in the pool. However, it is also a favorable time for the development of fungal infections on our feet.
In this article, we offer you practical tips to prevent foot fungus during the summer. By following these hygiene and care recommendations, you will be able to fully enjoy all your summer activities, knowing that your feet are healthy.
- Keep your feet clean and dry: Wash your feet with warm, soapy water daily, making sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes, where moisture can encourage fungus growth.
- Wear breathable footwear: Opt for sandals, open shoes or materials that allow air circulation around your feet. Avoid tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes for long periods, as they can cause excessive sweating.
- Change your socks frequently: Wear socks made of moisture-wicking materials, such as cotton or wool, and change them at least once a day if your feet sweat a lot.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public areas: Protect your feet by wearing flip-flops or sandals when walking in places like swimming pools, public showers, locker rooms, and gyms, where fungus may be present.
- Use antifungal powders: Apply antifungal powders to your feet and inside your shoes to keep them dry and prevent fungal growth.
- Choose appropriate footwear for the beach and pools: Wear waterproof shoes, such as flip-flops or pool sandals, when walking on the beach, around the pool, and in wet areas to avoid direct exposure to possible fungus.
- Do not share personal items related to footwear: Avoid sharing socks, shoes or sandals with other people, as this can transmit fungal infections.
- Make sure your feet are completely dry before putting on shoes: If your feet are wet after swimming or showering, be sure to dry them completely before putting on socks and shoes.
- Keep your nails clean and short: Clean your nails regularly and cut them straight to reduce the risk of dirt and moisture collecting under your nails, which can encourage fungus growth.
- Visit a healthcare professional: If you suspect you have a fungal foot infection or if you notice unusual changes to your nails or skin, seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Remember that prevention is key to avoiding infections and complications associated with foot fungus. At CreuBlanca, we have a Chiropody Unit made up of a multidisciplinary team of highly specialized professionals in prevention, early diagnosis and personalized treatment of a wide range of foot pathologies, from the treatment of fungus and calluses to the correction of biomechanical alterations.