Athlete’s Foot: 12 Myths and Facts

Smothered inside socks and shoes all day, feet can become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect carriers for all sorts of germs that can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete’s foot. Today our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know about this contagious condition.

Read on to learn more about these common myths

Myth 1: Only athletes can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot earned its name because the fungus that causes it typically hangs out in places that athletes frequent, like locker rooms and showers, not because it’s limited to athletes.

Myth 2: Athlete’s foot is different from jock itch. While jock itch and athlete’s foot are caused by the same fungus, the conditions are named by the part of the body where they occur.

Myth 3: Athlete’s foot can be prevented by regularly showering. Showering alone won’t clear up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot but keeping them clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from coming back.

Myth 4: Only people with poor hygiene habits get athlete’s foot. You can wash your feet several times a day with soap and water and still get athlete’s foot. This is especially true if you don’t dry your feet fully after each washing.

Myth 5: You can only get athlete’s foot if you walk barefoot in areas where the fungus is living. You can get it if you share socks, shoes or towels with someone who has athlete’s foot.

Myth 6: With athlete’s foot, there’s always peeling between the toes. This condition can look different in each person. Some people experience cracking or peeling skin between their toes while others suffer from dryness or redness on the bottom of their feet.

Myth 7: Athlete’s foot only affects the feet. Athlete’s foot can extend to other places if you scratch the area and then touch other parts of your body or through contaminated sheets or clothing.

Myth 8: If you wear shoes and socks all day you can’t get athlete’s foot.  Wet socks and shoes are the perfect environments for this fungus. Your feet are safe, as long as you keep them dry.

Myth 9: Athlete’s foot will heal on its own. Without treatment, your feet we become even itchier and result in a more serious infection. Antifungal creams and pills are the best treatment options.

Myth 10: You can stop treatment as soon as your symptoms are gone. To stop athlete’s foot from returning, continue using the medicine for as long as recommended.

Myth 11: Once you treat athlete’s foot, it won’t return. Even after treatment, athlete’s foot can return if you neglect to take steps to prevent its return.

Myth 12: You can’t get athlete’s foot if you wear cotton socks. The opposite is true. Synthetic fiber socks are the best option due to their better absorption of moisture.

Wondering if your itchy feet are being caused by athlete’s foot? Don’t hesitate – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation to determine if your condition is being caused by athlete’s foot and to discuss options for treatment.

Tips for Avoiding Common Foot Problems in the Elderly

As we get older, many people begin to think more about their overall health, but often forget about their feet. But the truth is that if your feet aren’t healthy, you can find yourself housebound, immobile or even worse. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is explaining why foot care for the elderly should be a priority.

Common Foot Problems Experienced by Seniors

Conditions that range from bunions to hammertoes and even problems due to diabetes can become more common as we age.

Some of the most common issues include:

 

These conditions can affect mobility, and when combined with other agility issues, they can render you immobile for extended periods. You may even find yourself in a wheelchair or on a scooter.

Foot Care for Seniors

Foot problems in seniors can occur in any part of the foot. As a person ages, it can become more challenging for them to maintain their foot health, and as their caregiver, you may need to step in and help.

If you notice yellowing, or they complain about a burning sensation in their feet, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist to make sure these are not complications from diabetes or other serious conditions.

After you’ve determined there are no serious issues, use this checklist to avoid elderly foot problems:

  • Elevate their feet while seated using a footstool;
  • Always dry feet thoroughly;
  • Wear properly-fitting shoes and socks;
  • Keep toenails trimmed;
  • Regularly apply lotion to the feet.

Toenails that are not trimmed properly for seniors is also important because it can result in an ingrown toenail or an infection. And when trimming the toenails, do it in a well-lit area after your loved one has taken a shower or bath making it easier to cut their nails.

Lastly, disregarding foot pain in the elderly can be an indication of a more serious condition. If your loved one is suffering from foot pain, take them to their podiatrist as soon as possible.

Having healthy feet is a crucial component to enjoying a good quality of life as one ages. Keeping your feet – or those of your loved ones – isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning and maintenance.

For more tips on how to care for elderly feet, call Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.  To schedule your appointment online, click here.

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A popular one is to start taking better care of our health. And while this is a great idea, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that most people make the mistake of not thinking about foot health until they have a problem.

However, as any podiatrist would tell you, keeping your feet healthy is beneficial to your overall health. They can be an indication of what is going on with the rest of your body, ranging from poor posture to diminished blood circulation.

Today we’re sharing seven resolutions to get – and maintain – healthier feet in 2019.

  1. Exercise. Many people don’t realize how much working out can impact the health of their feet. Walking, which is one of the simplest forms of exercise, works miracles for keeping your feet in shape. Healthy feet are essential for people who play sports or work on their feet all day.
  2. Watch what you eat. What you eat affects your body, and that includes your feet. To keep your feet healthy, cut back on foods that cause inflammation in the body, such as sugar and artificial trans fats.
  3. Stick to a daily foot care routine. Each night before bed, cleanse your feet and put on moisturizer to help prevent dryness.
  4. Put an end to foot pain. If your feet are bothering you on a regular basis, it is time to visit your podiatrist. In many cases, foot pain is the result of the interaction between your way of walking and your footwear. The first step in relieving your discomfort is to see your podiatrist.
  5. Switch out your athletic shoes every six months. Even the best athletic shoe will lose its capacity to provide proper support for your feet over time. If you continue, wearing them when they’re worn out can affect the alignment of your foot and put you at a higher risk for sports-related injuries.
  6. Limit time spent wearing flip-flops and high heels. When you wear flip-flops, your feet are not getting any support, and the open design leaves your feet vulnerable to infections and injury. On the other hand, high heels force your feet into a very unnatural position that can affect the structure of the foot resulting in corns, calluses, and bunions, among other things. Wearing them once in a while is fine, but try to wear protective and supportive shoes most of the time.
  7. Make sure you’re wearing the correct size shoe. Wearing the wrong size shoe is estimated to result in up to 80 percent of foot problems. Next time you purchase shoes, have your foot measured to ensure that you are buying the correct size.

Unfortunately, often foot care is overlooked. Following these foot care resolutions can help prevent foot pain from occurring. If you are experiencing chronic foot pain – or any other issue with your feet or ankles, call Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.