Podiatrist Dr. Allan Sherman's description of summer feet: They are, he says, "almost a petri dish. One of the most common things we see over summer is that people are not changing to a drier shoe, a drier sock," says Sherman, a runner who hasn't missed a day in almost five years. "If feet stay moist, that can lead to fungal infections." If you're somewhere where fungus hangs out — a public pool, for instance — and don't wear shoes, a crack in the skin could be a magnet for the stuff.
|Dr. Allan Sherman
Wear wicking socks when exercising outdoors. Unlike cotton, Sherman says, wicking socks "take moisture away from skin and help our skin breathe easier. They allow better health, a better environment." Remove athletic shoes and socks after working out. Take out the shoe's removable liner; otherwise, Sherman says, the shoe will stay wet between it and the sole. Put the liner outside to dry. "Make sure you open up the shoes really well. Crumple newspaper into the shoe, which will help absorb moisture and keep the shoes spread open."
Source: Leslie Barker, Dallas Morning News
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM news.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.