Most Americans have athletes foot (tinea pedis) at some point in their lives, and some of them seem to keep it almost all the time. But in fact, it is very easy to prevent athletes foot!
There is one primary cause of athletes foot: sweaty feet! Athletes foot is a fungus that grows on the feet and between the toes. Simply keeping your feet clean and dry will usually prevent it from occurring.
Here are a few tips:
- Keep extra pairs of dry, clean socks and shoes handy in case your feet get wet. This is essential for athletes, hikers, and people who are active or on their feet all day.
- When the weather and the situation allows, wear open sandals without socks to let your feet air out and remain dry.
- Make sure your feet are completely dry before putting on your socks and shoes. Never jump right out of the shower or swimming pool and cover your wet feet.
- Apply a high quality foot powder to your feet and inside your shoes on a regular basis.
The best way to prevent athletes foot is to simply avoid the conditions under which the fungus can grow. In short, keep your feet dry and you won't have to deal with athletes foot!
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