The rapid rise of foot fungus

New research shows that you should never wear shoes without socks.

Not so long ago, one would assume that women were more likely to wear shoes without socks, but recent trends prove that men are leading the way when it comes to this unhealthy practice.

A recent College of Podiatry study revealed that the current trend for not wearing socks has led to a rapid rise in fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, and is encouraging bacteria to breed in footwear.

Perhaps not surprising when you consider that the average foot sweats about a cup a day.

“Depending on the level of sweatiness of the foot, there may be issues with too much moisture in the feet, which can leave you vulnerable to fungal infections such as athlete’s foot,” said Emma Stevenson from the College of Podiatry.

“On average your feet will sweat half a pint a day; that’s a lot to be pouring out straight into your shoe without it being absorbed by a sock.”

She suggests a couple of ways to prevent fungal infections from colonising your clodhoppers.

Her first recommendation is to give shoes at least two days to dry out after wearing them with no socks.

The second is to place tea bags in the bottom of your shoes to absorb excess moisture.

Also, you should probably not wear the same pair of shoes each day.

Do you wear shoes without socks? Did you know that your feet sweated so much?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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