General foot health tips
The exact source of the infection is difficult/ impossible to determine as most of the fungal conditions have an unremarkable onset and are usually only noticed after a considerable time period has passed.
Special attention must be given to those suffering from Diabetes or are neurological or vascular impairment.
- Feet are not supposed to hurt. If you feel pain in your feet get it checked by your Podiatrist.
- Examine your feet daily for signs of irritation discoloration or change.
- Keep your feet clean and dry paying particular attention to the web spaces – the web spaces can trap moisture and can be a reservoir for fungal infections.
- Keep your toe nails short and clean – a majority of foot conditions are caused by the toenails.
- Wear good quality well fitted footwear that match your activity and foot type – if you have a curved foot get a curved shoe.
- Alternate between at least 2 pairs of shoes – this will allow them to dry and are less likely to cause foot problems.
- When going outside wear shoes at all times – this will give you feet the necessary support and also offer them protection.
- Use and emollient (moisturizer) daily to help to keep your feet supple – the most effective emollient are ones that contain 10 – 25% urea.
- Visit your podiatrist regularly to have your feet checked.