4 Tips to Prevent Summer Athlete’s Foot

Jun 01, 2023
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Don’t let itchy, peeling skin on your feet define your summer. Instead, read on to learn the best tips and tricks for preventing athlete’s foot.

From frolicking at the beach to hiking in the hills, summer in Southern California offers endless outdoor activity. But all that time spent in moist, sweaty shoes can increase your risk of developing athlete's foot. This unsightly fungal infection causes redness, itching, and even blisters on your feet. 

To help you avoid athlete’s foot this summer, Babak Kosari, DPM, FACFAS, with offices in the Valencia and Northridge neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA, offers the following tips and tricks::

1. Keep your feet clean and dry

One of the easiest ways to prevent athlete's foot is with good foot hygiene. Wash your feet with soap and water daily, paying special attention to the spaces between your toes. After washing, dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes. Moisture is the leading causes of athlete's foot, so keeping your feet dry is key.

2. Wear breathable shoes and socks

Tight, non-breathable shoes can trap moisture and heat, creating the perfect environment for fungi to thrive. Instead, choose shoes made from breathable materials, like canvas or leather, that allow air to circulate around your feet. Wear moisture-wicking socks to help keep your feet dry.

3. Use antifungal powder or spray

If you're prone to athlete's foot, try using an antifungal powder or spray on your feet and inside your shoes. These products help kill any fungus that may be present and can help prevent new infections from forming. Apply the powder or spray daily.

4. Don’t go barefoot in public areas

Athlete's foot is highly contagious and easily picked up by walking barefoot in public areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. To prevent infection, wear sandals or flip-flops when walking in these areas, and avoid sharing towels or other personal items.

Treating athlete’s foot

If, despite your best efforts, you develop athlete's foot, Dr. Kosari can help. He may recommend an over-the-counter antifungal cream, powder, or spray. If your symptoms don't improve after a week of using these at-home treatments, or if you have a severe infection, book an appointment with Dr. Kosari immediately. 

To learn more about an athlete’s foot and all of your foot and ankle care needs, 

schedule a visit with Dr. Kosari today. With Dr. Korsari, your feet are in great hands.