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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Myths that Could Lead to Foot Infections | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Myths that Could Lead to Foot Infections


At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, it may surprise you to know that we see treat many cases of athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and warts during the winter months. What you don’t know about foot infections can increase your risk of getting one. Below are some common myths about viral, bacterial and fungal foot infections.

MYTH: Foot infections are more of a problem in the summer than the winter.

FACT: Most foot infections are spread by direct contact and because patients spend more time barefoot in the warmer summer months, they think that’s when they are at the highest risk for them. Think about the times and places that your feet might be bare in the winter: gym, karate, dance or yoga studio, nail salon. These places tend to be warm and moist—creating the perfect breeding ground for infection- causing agents. Remember to wear shower shoes or flip-flops in these and other indoor places where people tend to be barefoot.

MYTH: I don’t go anyplace where I take my shoes off in the winter, so I don’t have to worry about contracting an infection.

FACT: Sometimes bacteria that is naturally occurring on your feet can begin to multiply in your shoes and socks. Since we tend to wear thicker socks and closed shoes in the winter, a warm, damp environment can be created where infections thrive. Change your socks as soon as you notice they feel damp and use an anti-fungal foot powder if your feet sweat profusely. It’s also a good idea to alternate your footwear.

MYTH: Skin tends to be dry in the winter. Chances are redness or flaky skin are due to heat and dry air.

FACT: While it’s true that dry skin is a fact of winter, once it starts to get red and/or itchy, it’s likely that there’s an infection brewing. It’s important to get any suspected fungal or bacterial foot infections checked by our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo so they can be diagnosed and treated promptly. These types of infections can spread quickly to other parts of your feet or body and to other people in your household.

MYTH: I am protected at the nail salon because I always wear my own flip flops when I get a pedicure.

FACT: Bacteria, fungi and viruses can be on many items besides the floor. Make sure your nail salon uses proper sterilizing techniques for pedicure tools and cleaning foot baths.

If you think you may have a foot infection, contact our Aberdeen office today by calling: 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Myths that Could Lead to Foot Infections, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen