Exercise is one of those things that we cannot genuinely go without. The human body evolved under circumstances that required fairly consistent movement to find the necessary foods to survive. It helped to shape everything from the tastes we value to the rate at which our metabolisms work on average. Despite our cultural and technological advancements, our bodies are still quite solidly back in the hunter-gatherer era and expect a certain level of movement. Our bodies suffer if we don’t get it. Overcoming the initial hurdles to exercise such as the difficulty in starting and maintaining motivation can be difficult, but once you do it the rewards tend to help you keep going. Admittedly, it does start creating circumstances where tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, will affect us. Taking precautions against that can ensure we get our exercise without dealing with an uncomfortable condition.
Socks Are Your Friends
One of the easiest ways you can minimize your chances of athlete’s foot is simply to wear socks. These seemingly easy to overlook articles of clothing provide a barrier between your skin and contact with various kind of bacteria that can end up leading to athlete’s foot. Wearing socks most of the time will provide you with two kinds of protection. The one we’ve already covered helps by ensuring you don’t accidentally pick up bacteria from the floor of your home or another interior area where you’re walking around without shoes. Additionally, socks offer a good way to draw moisture away from your feet. Keeping your feet from being habitually moist helps to stop them from providing an environment that supports the growth of the bacteria responsible for athlete’s foot. As a result, socks are a wonderful way to protect your feet. The reasons for this all point to another good habit to cultivate to help you avoid experiencing athlete’s foot.
Dry Your Feet
Damp feet are a major risk factor for athlete’s foot. As we highlighted above, it relates back to the fact that a damp environment helps support bacteria growth. Most of the time we’re not going to have terribly damp feet as long as we’re wearing socks, but certain circumstances do create that situation. The most common one is getting out of the shower or bath. Not only are our feet damp, but the room tends to be damp as well and a lot of the time we’re going to be barefoot. This makes the bathroom a very clear place one can pick up athlete’s foot. Another one is a pool and the changing rooms or bathrooms. The entire area is once again damp and promotes bacteria growth. Pools tend to be a bit more egregious about this than bathrooms though given how many people will be walking around. Try to remember to fully dry your feet when getting out of the shower or pool for this very reason. It will support the health of your feet.
Wear Shoes That Breathe
In continuing with the theme of avoiding damp feet, make sure that you wear shoes that permit at least some airflow over your feet. Air flow is important as it helps to further reduce the chance that your feet will be damp. Drier feet are less likely to be a problem. Additionally, this simply makes shoes more comfortable overall. It is worth noting that sandals and similar shoes are even better thanks to the greater level of air flow. The fact that they are also exposed to the sun doesn’t hurt either. We do need to stress that most of these benefits do hinge on you wearing socks in addition to the shoes. Remember that the interior of your shoes can end up damp or pick up bacteria too. Even the surfaces of sandals can end up being a problem quite easily. Without clean socks, your feet are potentially exposed and you will have to deal with the consequences.
Athlete’s foot is a very common worry and yet typically shouldn’t be a big issue in clean environments. If you regularly clean your bathroom, you probably won’t pick it up there. The biggest worry is typically just avoiding your feet being damp for too long. Even if you do get athlete’s foot, it isn’t that hard to treat. It is always worth taking precautions to avoid a simple problem though. You’ll be all the happier for the effort and your life will be far less disrupted.