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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Tips for Avoiding Foot and Nail 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.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

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

Tips for Avoiding Foot and Nail Infections
 

With the cooler autumn days come changes to our routines: sandals and open-toed shoes are put away and sneakers, pumps, boots and other closed shoes come out; school starts along with gym class and fall sports; outdoor fitness activities get moved inside. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we begin to see an increase in foot and nail infections at this time of year as a result of some of these changes.

What are the conditions in which bacteria, fungi and viruses thrive? Warm, damp, dark places--like the insides of socks and shoes or the shower floor at the gym--are the perfect breeding grounds. Bringing lots of people together in a school or gym setting naturally increases the likelihood of passing along infections.

What to Look For

Parents and patients should inspect feet regularly and look for the following symptoms of infection:

  • ·         Athlete’s foot: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, oozing or cracks.
  • ·         Warts: raised bumps or flat, hard areas on the skin of the feet.
  • ·         Fungal toenails: discoloration and thickening of the toenails, crumbling or chipping off on the edges

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel examine your feet. While not dangerous, most infections can spread and become worse if untreated.

Prevention

Fortunately, since we know many of the ways that these types of foot infections are spread, we can do something to prevent them. Here are some suggestions:

  • ·         Change socks whenever feet are damp, even if that means more than once a day.
  • ·         Choose socks and shoes that are made of breathable materials and allow air to circulate.
  • ·         Wash feet with mild soap and water every day and dry thoroughly.
  • ·         Use a foot powder before putting on socks to help keep feet dry.
  • ·         Don’t share items that come in contact with other people’s feet: towels, nail files or emery boards, shoes, socks, etc.
  • ·         Wear shower shoes or flip flops when walking in public places such as communal showers, gyms and salons.

If you have concerns about a change in the skin or nails on your feet, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Tips for Avoiding Foot and Nail 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