It is really amazing how little personal attention is lavished on the much-maligned human foot, though foot fatigue affects both the physical and mental well being. About 85-75% of the world’s population prefers wearing shoes including those corporate employees who are forced to do so and yes you may be one of them.
So Where Does The Problem Arises?
Most of us in the urge of saving time or in the case of emergency or sometimes because of our unhygienic behavior we wear the same pair of socks for days or maybe weeks. Without much realizing the mistake we are making, which earlier seems to be small later can turn into a considerable snag. The organic components of perspiration which accumulate in the shoes provide particularly under warm and humid conditions, a good substrate for growth of various micro-organisms. This micro-organism keeps the potential of hurting you by causing infections.
How Fungus Growth Takes Place In The Socks?
The socks in the packed surrounding within our shoes soak all the sweat of our foot and sole. The next day wearing the same socks leads to the accumulation of more sweat in the socks. Wearing the same socks for the next few terms will create a warm and moist environment. Such environments are optimum for the growth of fungus which then leads to fungal infections. Such infections in the later stages are also termed as athlete’s foot. Although if socks and stockings are frequently changed the fungus may be washed off.
Why Athlete’s Foot Or Fungal Infections?
The environment inside damp socks and shoes are responsible for such fungal infections. As per the reports, the interrelationship between footwear and health of the foot, the footwear plays an important role in the accumulation of sweat. Leather is extraordinarily effective in absorbing and transmitting water vapor. On the other hand, man-made materials are relatively impermeable to vapor and sweat. And thus have a considerable influence on foot health.
The same type of fungus is responsible for causing ringworm and jock itch. It is a spreadable infection and spreads by contact with an infected person or towels or through hands if you scratch the infected part of the leg.
Symptoms Of Fungal Infection In Foot
There are some small indications that are most of the time ignored and later then they create trouble.
1. Itchy Foot Sores.
2. Itchy small water blisters/ on toes.
5. The burning sensation between toes.
What Does The Foot Infection Seem Like?
In earlier stages, the situation seems quite calm and under control. It is this stage where you must become alert and act accordingly like avoid wearing the used pair of socks, use antiseptics on the foot, and if possible avoid wearing shoes. But if adequate care is not taken then the infection grows with the water blisters on toes spreading causing more itchiness.
It is always said that it is better to prevent the growth of fungus rather than treating it. The preventions for avoiding such situations are quite obvious that includes
1. Try to wear a washed pair of socks every two days later.
2. Shoes must be soaked in sunlight in order to dry them.
3. Avoid wearing torn socks.
4. Avoid wearing shoes for ceaseless long periods.
5. Wear sandals whenever possible.
6. Stop sharing shoes and socks.
7. Choose the size of your shoes that perfectly fits you.
8. Use antiseptic powder or creams on your foot before wearing socks
9. Regular Cleansing of bathrooms, showers, bath mats, etc with germicidal products is advised to remove skin debris and microbial contaminants if any.
Below are some tried and tested remedies that will give you instant relief from the infection
1. Soak In Antiseptic Liquid
Take a bucket of hot water and add to it a small amount of antiseptic liquid and then put your infected leg inside it for 20-25mins and dry it carefully. Doing this twice a day will definitely give you relief.
2. Placing A Slice Of Onion
Keeping a slice of onion inside the socks prevents the growth of fungus thus obstructing the fungal infection.
3. Crushed Garlic Cloves
Soak the crushed garlic cloves in warm water and soak the infected feet for 30mins. Doing this twice a week will be quiet effective.
4. Antiseptic Powder
Using talcum/antiseptic powder absorbs moisture and thus eliminating the conditions for the growth of fungus. Similarly drying your legs stops the thriving of fungus.
5. Foot Bath
Bathing the foot in hot water stimulates the blood circulation eliminating the stale sweat secretions and temporarily reduces bacterial infection.
6. Baking Soda
Immerse the infected foot in a solution of baking soda in warm water for 15-20mins. Take care do not rinse and dry the feet thoroughly.
7. Alcohol Solution
Bathing the foot in an alcohol solution for 20-25mins kills the fungus eliminating the chances of infections.
8. Mentholated Ointment
Rubbings Mentholated Ointments on the infected parts helps in treating the infection, because of the presence of eucalyptus oil and menthol plus the warmth in it eliminates the fungus.
Foot Care And Hygiene
It is an undeniable truth that the feet while deserving more care and attention in actual gets far less. Good foot care extends to the choice and treatment of socks, stockings and shoes.
Personal hygiene also plays a vital role in preventing any kind of infection. You must wash your feet at least once a day with soap and water, and after washing make sure it is dried thoroughly especially between the toes and dusted with talcum or foot powder.
If an infection is detected then use soap/powder containing antiseptic agents. The use of bactericidal compounds is becoming widespread in toiletries and feet products, because of its ability to eliminate bacterial growth. Thus adding it to your basket will eliminate any chances of infections.
Foot infections commonly occur in people who Sweats more from their foot and hands. The foot is constantly in contact with microorganisms like fungus or bacteria causing infections. Thus maintaining personal hygiene and cleaning them regularly will help you avoid such infections.