You’re not totally out of the woods yet! Just because your foot fungus has cleared, or you only have one more mile to go on your 15-mile trek on the Genoa Trail System, doesn’t mean you can relax or, worse, give up! Go the extra mile and treat your shoes to prevent re-occurring foot fungus.
Your footwear might be housing the catalysts that created your infection in the first place. All that hiking and summer sweat creates the perfect place for fungus to live and grow. In fact, the fungal spores inside your favorite pair of shoes can infect you months after your situation has cleared up. All it takes is a break in the skin for fungus to return.
To keep it at bay, treat your footwear every day with a topical anti-fungal spray from the drugstore. For a few bucks, you can blast away the small spores that love to hang out inside your boots or athletic shoes.
Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, either, as this doesn’t provide enough time for your shoes to recover. Give your shoes 24 hours to dry out from a full day’s work.
Another tip? Put on moisture-wicking socks made from synthetic fibers, and make sure you change them whenever they get sweaty.
If you find that your pesky foot fungus is back, hike on over to Sierra Foot & Ankle, where we can clear up your condition for good. To make an appointment, call our office in Gardnerville, NV, at (775) 783-8037. You can also find additional pointers on avoiding re-occurring foot fungus and more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.