Homeless residents of Savannah, Georgia’s Inner City Night Shelter are getting shower shoes thanks to the efforts of six Georgia teenagers. Flip Flop Drop, the product of the group’s combined efforts, is a volunteer project seeking to give back to the community. Shower shoes are an important need for ICNS. “As simple as it is, it’s just not in the budget,” says ICNS Executive Director Yvonne Pryor. “You don’t want to just go behind anyone with your bare feet—you’ll get athlete’s foot.”
“Every night, you have individuals after individuals taking a shower,” says Brian Heckman, an ICNS resident. “Walking in there barefoot is kind of a little disgusting.”
Simple items such as shower shoes go a long way in protecting against Athlete’s foot. If you have concerns regarding the foot condition, see Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will provide you with quality foot and ankle assistance.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.
What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.
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