For many people, foot care is something that is not very important, but the consequences of this are dire. Therefore, let’s see some bad habits that make you get fungus on your feet , and especially how you can correct them .

Bad habits that cause foot fungus

In most cases, a problem of fungus in the feet is not usually a serious infection problem, as long as it is treated in time and the causes that originate it can be identified, in order to avoid them.

1. Running or walking barefoot

Many people do not see much difference between running or walking barefoot and wearing shoes for it, but the reality is that the former is much worse than the latter for the health of your feet.

According to what has been studied and mentioned by Sherri Greene , a specialist podiatrist in New York City, people who do not do training to strengthen their feet are more likely to have much weaker muscles and fragile tendons.

For this reason, it is advisable to wear appropriate shoes for running and jogging in order to avoid injuries such as fractures or other pain. Some people prefer to wear what are known as flats or sandals, but these provide very little support and carry a high risk of twisting the foot, causing serious injury.

In addition to the above, exercising without any type of footwear causes all kinds of bacteria that are in the ground to enter the feet, promoting the appearance of harmful fungi that are difficult to eradicate. Apart from the risk of contracting fungi from germs in the floor, we may suffer cuts, scrapes or other serious injuries from glass and some other sharp objects that can be found on the floor.

2. Do not wear socks

Another bad habit that causes foot fungus is not getting used to wearing socks or stockings. In line with what was expressed by Doctor Francisco Soto , a doctor of the Mexican social security system, it is well known that the vast majority of fungi appear due to poor hygiene habits and these proliferate on the skin of the feet.

One of the most common bacteria in this type of case is the Trichophyton fungus , which tends to appear due to the excessive use of closed shoes without the use of socks.

The plastic coating of these makes the feet stay wet for too long a period of time, causing injuries to the nails from excessive perspiration.

Among the symptoms that this fungus causes, are itching in the area, burning and stinging between each of the fingers, inflammation, reddened, dry, scaly and cracked skin. Blisters that ooze fluid, dryness, scabs, thickening of the nails, and changes in odor also often appear .

To avoid this, it is extremely important to keep your feet very dry , since fungi and bacteria usually appear in dark and humid environments. To prevent the appearance of these, you can use socks that are made of cotton, antifungal powders and shoes that have been made with materials that allow moisture to evaporate quickly .

3. Share shoes with other people

Almost always, women tend to share shoes with their friends to combine colors between clothes and purses. This is a habit that we must try to reduce as much as possible since it can lead to the spread of fungi .

In general, fungi tend to develop in those parts that are subjected to strong pressure. It is for this reason that it is essential to wear shoes that allow the toes to have enough space to breathe and are comfortable. It would also be very appropriate to try that the footwear is ventilated at night, and of course, not to loan the footwear.

4. Lack of use of products that protect the feet

The use of some specific products, such as foot powder with antifungal agents to reduce the degree of moisture in the feet , moisturizers to reduce chafing and the appearance of wounds, among other products; They can turn out to be very favorable in order to prevent nail fungus from appearing .

In summary, we must avoid bad habits that cause fungus on your feet at all costs , and it can be achieved by washing daily and drying this part of the body well, as well as visiting the doctor periodically.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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