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Posts for: January, 2016

Don’t be fooled by the name.  Athletes are not the only ones who can get this itchy, fungal, foot infection known as athlete’s foot.  This foot infection is commonly found and spread in areas where you would typically find athletes, such as locker rooms, gyms, and public showers.  Even though athlete’s foot is treatable, it’s also preventable. Taking the proper, preventative steps can keep you from contracting the infection. Podiatrist Dr. Sheldon Fleishman offers a few tips that you can follow to prevent athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus. This fungus eats old skin cells, causing itchiness between and around toes, scaly or cracked patches of skin, dryness on the sole or heel of feet, and thick, ragged, and discolored toe nails.  Although this fungal infection most commonly occurs among teenage boys and young adult males, children and women can also get it.  

People who often have damp or sweaty feet, and those who walk around barefoot where others have walked barefoot, are at a greater risk of developing athlete’s foot.  Developing athlete’s foot doesn’t just come from walking barefoot. The fungus must have the right environment in which to grow, such as sweaty, hot, and tight fitting shoes.  

By following these steps, you will significantly decrease your risk of contracting athlete’s foot.

  • Properly dry your feet after swimming, showering, or bathing.
  • Wear footwear that allows your feet to breathe.
  • Allow 24 hours for your shoes to air before wearing them again.
  • Wear socks that absorb sweat, and change your socks twice a day.
  • Wear shower shoes in public pool and shower areas.

If you do contract athlete’s foot, it’s vital that you take precautions not to spread the infection to other areas of your body. These next steps will help keep the infection from other areas such as the groin and underarms.

  • Use a different towel to dry your feet after showing or bathing.
  • Wash your hands after touching your feet

If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot, it’s important that you seek medical attention from a dermatologist or podiatrist for an official diagnosis.

Athlete’s foot can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications, such as powders and ointments. If left untreated the fungus will continue to spread and become harder to get rid of. Contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman at one of his convenient locations to schedule an appointment.

Locations: Blue Springs, MO (816)228-9393 or Overland Park, Ks (913)381-5515


January 04, 2016
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Protect your feet during the winter

Each passing season brings its own set of challenges when it comes to our overall health, particularly our foot health. The winter months are the most challenging when it comes to taking care of our feet due to cold temperatures. Whether you’re enduring the winter weather in the Pacific Northwest or the brutal whipping winds in the Midwest proper foot care is critical, especially for those who have diabetes and circulation problems.

Here are a few tips that will help keep your feet healthy this winter.

  1. Keep your feet clean and dry.

Wearing socks and boots may keep your feet warm during the winter, but they can also cause them to sweat a lot. Cold and damp feet are prone to bacterial infections. Using foot powder in your socks, treating yourself to footbaths during the winter, and drying your feet thoroughly will help to keep your feet both clean and dry.

  1. Wear cotton and wool socks.

Wear socks made of natural fabrics instead of synthetic blends during the wintertime. Wool socks help keep moisture away from the skin and keep your feet dry. Wearing socks made of a synthetic blend may cause the opposite to happen, leading to sweaty, smelly feet.  Excessive moisture can also cause the skin to cool quickly and can potentially lead to frostbite.

  1. Wear comfortable footwear.

During the winter months if you choose to wear boots, be sure that they fit comfortably and that they don’t fit too tightly. Tight footwear can decrease blood flow,  increasing your risk of frostbite.

When selecting footwear, you should be able to wiggle your toes, but your instep, ball of your foot, and heel should be immobilized. You should select boots that have a solid base, supportive heal, and laces or straps to ensure that you remain stable on wet and slippery surfaces.

  1. Wash your feet daily.

Properly washing your feet every day with soap and water can prevent toenail fungus and other unpleasant foot problems.  Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before putting socks and shoes on again. Change your socks every day as well. Also, soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt can help relieve discomfort and prevent infections.

Taking proper care of your feet throughout the year is important to your overall health.  If you or someone you know needs help with diabetic foot care, has foot pain, or requires the care of a foot specialist, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for an appointment for treatment options and additional foot care tips. 

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