Don’t let your New Year’s Resolution create foot problems

If you’re like many Americans, you’ll be hitting the gym this January in an effort to become more active in 2016. But while that goal is great, it’s also an easy way to hurt your foot health if you aren’t careful.

Select the right socks. One of the easiest ways to get toenail fungus is from sweaty socks. Invest a few dollars in some socks especially made for exercise that will help wick away moisture. While it’s a little more expensive than a packet of socks from the discount store, socks made of wool, nylon or polypropylene will help keep your feet dry during and after your workout. It’s also a good idea to switch to dry socks if you’re not going home to change right after your run or workout.

Get shoes fit for the job. Pick a pair of athletic shoes that aren’t too tight and made of material that breathes easily. All-leather tennis shoes will make your feet sweat more and a tight, cramped shoe is not only uncomfortable, but could cause toenail fungus to thrive.

Throw out your old shoes. If you’re dusting off your running shoes for the first time in years, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they aren’t harboring old toenail fungi and cause a reinfection. Invest in a new pair of shoes. If your old shoes are still in good shape, treat them with disinfectant and antifungal powder before using them again.


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