Photo by Stephen Mitchell
Isn’t WebMD great? The other day I came across these tips on how to prevent athlete’s foot:
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Dry between your toes after swimming or bathing.
- Wear leather shoes or sandals that allow your feet to breathe.
- When indoors, wear socks without shoes.
- Wear cotton socks to absorb sweat. Change your socks twice a day. (White socks do not prevent athlete’s foot, as some people believe.)
- Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet.
- Allow your shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.
- Wear shower sandals in public pools and showers.
That last tip is a big one, especially for hockey players. I know the locker room at my ice rink has standing water in some places. I don’t always wear sandals even though I probably should. One more tip I would add is to try and use moisture-wicking socks with your skates. If you aren’t sure what socks to buy, we’ll be reviewing some in the next couple weeks.
If you do happen to contract the foot fungus, there’s always tough actin’ Tinactin.