(WXYZ) – Celebrities sporting a bare ankle has made sockless shoes a stylish trend. But could this look impact your health?
You may feel cool and trendy in your leather loafers or sneakers, but there are reasons why we wear socks with shoes.
Just think about this: your feet have around 250,000 sweat glands. It doesn’t take much to activate them which is why your feet can produce about half a pint of moisture daily.
When you add in warmth with dampness you set the stage for fungal infections. Athlete’s foot loves humid conditions and typically begins between your toes.
You’ll notice a scaly red rash that often gets itchy right after you take your shoes off. You might even get blisters and ulcers along with dryness.
And if you scratch this contagious infection, you can spread it to your hand, groin and toenails. Not to mention anyone else who comes into contact with surfaces that have gotten contaminated like floors or towels.
But if you like the naked foot and shoe look, here are my prescriptions for you:
- Don’t wear shoes without socks for long periods of time. Or alternate pairs of shoes allowing 24-hours in-between so they have time to dry out.
- Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. You can spray antiperspirant on the bottom of your feet, or sprinkle an anti-fungal powder on them or directly into your shoes.
- If you develop a tender spot as your foot rubs against your shoe, use a moleskin bandage. It helps protect and prevent the area from developing a painful blister.
- Try no-show socks, also called loafer lines or invisible socks. You can still achieve the look while fighting off odor, skin damage and germs.
You can also buy well-ventilated light-weight shoes like a canvas sneaker. But I’d suggest you find socks that work with your personal style.
Cotton works better than nylon and be sure to change your socks daily. They absorb a lot of perspiration and you’ll want to avoid build-up of bacteria.
If you develop athlete’s foot, you can treat it with over-the-counter antifungal creams. If it doesn’t go away or flares back up, talk to your doctor. There are prescription medicines for more serious infections.
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