Common Misconceptions about Foot Infections

Common Misconceptions about Foot Infections

Foot infections occur when fungus, bacteria, or viruses enter through the surface skin of the foot or the toenails. Plenty of foot infections are out there, but the most common infections we come across at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., are fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and warts. Even more common are the patients who are surprised at the diagnosis of a foot infection that was a cause for their discomfort and turning the skin or nails unsightly. This is due to the common misconceptions held by the patients regarding the development of foot infections.

In today’s health blog, the team of Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., has combined and addressed some of the common misconceptions we come across about foot infections:

  • Fungal foot infections are not contagious – Contrary to this common belief, fungal foot infections are very contagious. If your partner or your children have athlete’s foot and share your sleeping space, you will likely contract the fungal infection. Fungal infections can develop by using nail clippers, shoes, and socks with another person.
  • Fungal infections are common during summer – Unfortunately, fungal infections can spread just as efficiently during winter. During the winter months, people move their gyms and exercise location indoors. Locker rooms and communal showers are rife with fungal, bacterial, and viral infections. Any direct contact with these microorganisms can result in infection.
  • Infections cannot get you if you’re never barefoot – Fungus loves warm, dark, and moist places like the insides of your shoes. In winter, most people wear thick heavy socks and the feet are likely to produce more sweat. Such an environment is perfect for a fungus to spread. Therefore, it is better to keep your feet dry. Use an anti-fungal spray on the insides of your shoes or change your socks frequently. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes daily, rotate your footwear, and occasionally, place them under the sunlight.

Foot infections are tenacious and take time, care, and treatment to heal. Swift diagnosis and timely medical treatment of a foot infection can save your feet from damage.

At Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., our board-certified doctor Dr. John C. Marzano, has vast experience treating foot health issues from fungal toenails to diabetic foot syndrome, sports injuries, and other foot problems. To schedule an appointment with us, contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our office located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701.