If you spend massive amounts of time on your feet per day, chances are your foot is used to ongoing trauma — from either standing, working out, or walking. The pressure and impact feet make on the ground can cause serious conditions. And to make matters worse, paired with bacteria, ingrown hairs, dirty socks and shoes, and other factors — feet can be a serious environment for foot infections, including fungus and bacteria.
Fortunately, for the most part, you can treat foot infections from the comfort of your home. However, with some, you might need to see a pediatrist if it begins to affect your walk. These infections can be highly contagious if left untreated. The great thing about all these infections is it can be treated as quickly as you contracted it.
Therefore, here’s a guide on the most common foot infections that occur in Americans, how to identify them, treat them, and avoid them. You’re welcome.
Types of foot infections
Fungal infections: Unfortunately, this can happen in any common area: A locker room, spa, gym, or even at home. Essentially if you have long toenails, things can get in them, even on intact skin. The fungus can penetrate deep into your foot tissue, infecting you and your feet. They can be ongoing and hard to get rid of in one fell swoop.
Athlete’s foot: Occasionally caused by ringworm, athlete’s foot can appear in between the toes in an itchy, flaky rash form. Fortunately, an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or spray can help with this. In worse cases, skin can even blister or peel. Athlete’s foot typically appears between the toes, but it can also appear on the sole.
How to get rid of them
Because fungus live and thrive in moist atmospheres, the very best thing you can do is keep your feet, socks, and shoes dry. You can opt for cotton socks for the moisture-wicking properties. Make sure to change out of socks and shoes if you ever accidentally get wet. The most important thing, though, is keeping your feet dry.
For the DIY lover, you can also apply tea tree oil twice a day to help reduce the infection. Or, you can soak your feet in Epsom salt or black tea to give the feet a soothing sensation and clear it from odors.
Finally, you can sprinkle cornstarch on your toes. Sounds weird? Yes. But it works wonders on absorbing unwanted and unhelpful moisture. Try these tips out and let us know how it worked for you.