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How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot and Staph Infections

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot and Staph Infections

The importance of taking preventive measures against athlete's foot and staph infections cannot be overstated. Infections can cause discomfort, pain, and complications that may impact your daily life and overall well-being. 

For athletes and other active individuals, taking care of your feet helps prevent infections and contributes to your overall comfort and mobility, allowing you to continue enjoying an active lifestyle. 

Our team of podiatry experts at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, with offices in Bradenton, University Park, and Ellenton, Florida, is committed to helping you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. 

At the same time, we strive to protect you from infections, such as athlete's foot, that can jeopardize your foot health. Public spaces, such as gym floors, showers, and saunas, can harbor bacteria, fungus, and other pathogens, making it essential to adopt habits to protect yourself.

Common infections and their causes

Athlete's foot and staph infections are among the most prevalent infections affecting athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Dermatophytes, a type of fungus, cause athlete's foot, while staphylococcus aureus bacteria cause staph infections. Some strains of staph infections are antibiotic-resistant, emphasizing the importance of prevention.

Protective footwear in public areas

To safeguard your feet from fungal and bacterial infections, it’s essential to adopt new habits and be aware of any changes in the appearance and feel of your feet. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications.

Wearing flip-flops or shower sandals in locker rooms, bathrooms, public pools, and saunas can reduce the risk of infections by keeping your feet off public floors. These areas have high foot traffic and are conducive to the growth of bacteria and fungi. Use a clean towel to stand on when changing clothes.

Post-workout hygiene practices

Showering after working out, wearing proper footwear, and washing your athletic gear can also help prevent infections. Ensure your feet are thoroughly dried, including between the toes, and change into clean, dry socks. Applying medicated powders on your feet and shoes can help keep infections at bay.

Clean and dry provides protection

Avoid sharing gear, towels, or bar soap with others, and carry alcohol wipes to clean public equipment before use. Washing your hands frequently and disinfecting gym equipment can further minimize the risk of infections.

Avoid sharing personal items

Seek professional evaluation if you notice any symptoms, such as cracked, itchy, or red and inflamed feet. Early diagnosis can help prevent complications, such as staph infections, from spreading throughout your body.

Early evaluation of symptoms

Maintaining good hygiene practices and being vigilant about changes in your feet are crucial for preventing infections and ensuring overall foot health. If you notice anything amiss with your feet, contact our offices for an evaluation and treatment.

Healthy feet are happy feet. Prioritize your health by taking good care of your feet. For all your foot care needs, call the nearest office to schedule a visit with a Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists provider. 

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