Feet perspire...some people's more than others. In our hot and humid climate in Houston, we see our fair share of sweaty feet. Sweating feet will cause a perfect environment to harbor fungus. Fungus thrives in a warm, moist, dark shoe and waits for an opportunity to infect the skin or toenails. Let's take a look at why that's a problem, and how we can stop it.
The Trouble with Sweaty Feet
Now, sweaty feet and water-logged shoes feel very unpleasant. But the immediate discomfort isn't the only concern. First, sweaty, clammy feet can give off odor. And that can be embarrassing and interfere with your daily activities.
Plus, the more your foot perspires, the more moisture is in the shoe. This increases the potential for fungal growth and infection. Foot perspiration can be controlled in many cases and fungal infections of the skin and toenails can be treated. And one of the best ways to control foot perspiration is to change up your socks, in order to get some help in the battle against foot sweat.
Now, back in the day, people thought cotton socks were the best option for keeping your feet dry. Today, however, we know better. In fact, thanks to a recent Glamour magazine feature, we know there are at least 12 awesome sock brands that can help prevent foot sweat. So, whether you're into knee socks or no-shows, there's no excuse not to switch into a sweat-wicking sock brand that will protect you from clammy feet that are prone to infection.
The Work Doesn't End when the Sweat Goes Away
Even if your sock change puts an end to your sweaty feet problems, you can't rest on your laurels. (Especially if you want to avoid foot odor and fungal infections.) You see, even when your feet aren't wet, you have to remember what happened to your foot wear when you were sweating away. Sadly, most people don't consider what is living in their shoes. And that's a problem, because your shoes can harbor fungus long after you've stopped your sweaty problems.
For that reason, your shoes need to be treated, whether or not your feet developed a fungal infection. Luckily, you can easi;y cross this task off your list Tby using an antifungal spray, such as Tolcylen shoe spray, a product we carry in the office. (P.S. we also carry a variety of Tolycylen foot soaks in the office. They can help tired, achy feet relax and, when used regularly, can support optimal foot health!)
Not into one-off products? No to worry, there are other ways you can disinfect your shoes to prevent recurring fungal infections. You may wish to purchase an ultraviolet light that can disinfect the shoe without heat or chemicals. While more of an initial investment, the bonus here is that the product can be reused for multiple pairs of shoes.
Tanglewood Foot Specialists can offer solutions to control excessive foot perspiration, treat the athletes foot infection or toenail fungus, and prevent reinfection with proper disinfection of your shoes. Call our Houston Podiatry office for a convenient appointment.