What can you do about foot infections?

1. Fungal nail infection  – symptoms:

  • Discoloured nails
  • Debris under the nail
  • Thickening of the nail
  • Flacky nails
  • Foul smell

What Can You Do?

  • Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible; you may want to use a talcum foot powder.
  • Use shower shoes when walking in public swimming and shower areas.
  • Clip your toenails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit properly.

2. Warts 

Children, especially teenagers, are often more susceptible to warts than adults; some people seem to be immune.

The plantar wart is often contracted by walking barefoot on dirty surfaces or littered ground where the virus is lurking. The causative virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making infection a common occurrence in communal bathing facilities.

What Can You Do?

  • Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches.
  • Change shoes and socks daily.
  • Keep feet clean and dry.
  • Check children’s feet periodically.
  • Avoid direct contact with warts – from other people or from other parts of the body.
  • Do not ignore growths on, or changes in, your skin.
  • Visit your podiatric physician as part of your annual health checkup.

3. Ingrown toenail: 

Causes

  • Heredity
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Trauma
  • Shoe pressure

What Can You Do?

Trim nails straight across as a preventive measure.

4. Athlete’s foot

Causes

The feet are vulnerable because shoes commonly create a warm, dark and humid environment that encourages fungal growth.

Athlete’s foot can also be contracted in public areas walking barefoot.

What Can You Do?

  • Keep shoes and socks dry as a preventive measure.
  • Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing of the feet with soap and water and drying feet carefully, especially between the toes.
  • Change shoes regularly and wear acrylic or cotton socks.