Athlete’s Foot & Plantar Warts

If the eyes are the window to your soul, well then that makes your feet the window to all the crazy stuff you have been walking on. Like the rest of your body, your feet are susceptible to picking up bacteria and fungi. Athlete’s foot or plantar warts are common outcomes of picking up a virus or a fungus on your feet. It is important to recognize the places where you may come in contact with fungi, so you can successfully avoid them. However, if you happen to pick up a fungus or virus, we have you covered with these helpful tips.

Athlete’s Foot

When your feet spend long periods of time in wet, sweaty environments, like that of an athlete, they are susceptible to the growth of fungus, and that is what leads to athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is characterized by itching, scaling, redness, and small blisters. Keep in mind, athlete’s foot can be contracted by anyone, not just athletes.

Prevent & Treat

  • Keep shoes and socks dry whenever possible.
  • Wear 100% cotton socks, they promote good air circulation to your feet.
  • Change out of wet shoes and socks at the end of activity.
  • Use an anti-fungal soap on the feet, and clean especially well between your toes.
  • Avoid walking around barefoot, as the fungus can be picked up in dressing rooms, hotel rooms, locker rooms, and many other moisture prone places.
  • Wear shower shoes when shower shoes in public showers.

If you suspect you have athlete’s foot, wash the feet with anti-fungal soap and follow with anti-fungal ointment until symptoms subside. If the condition worsens with treatment, seek medical attention.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are made from soft skin tissue and are caused by a virus that enters the body through a cut or abrasion. Warts may appear anywhere on the skin, but when they are on the soles of the feet, they are referred to as plantar warts. These warts are considered harmless, however they may be very painful.

Prevent & Treat

  • Don’t walk barefoot, especially on dirty surfaces.
  • Change shoes and socks daily.
  • Keep feet clean and dry.
  • Avoid contact with other peoples’ warts.
  • Teenagers and Children are most susceptible to plantar warts, but they can happen at any age.

Many over-the-counter treatments contain harsh ingredients that attempt to kill the wart, but may also damage healthy tissue too. Any home treatment should be attempted with extreme caution. A doctor or podiatrist can perform a minor surgical procedure to quickly remove the wart using local anesthesia. For a gentle, natural, approach at home use Terrasil Wart Removal Stick.

Check your feet regularly for signs and symptoms of problems. Don’t give yourself extra pain and stress by letting a foot ailment progress. If you suspect you are suffering from athlete’s foot or plantar warts- seek relief to avoid further complications.

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