Running shoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and often runners need customize shoes to obtain the right fit and to keep their feet in optimal health. If you are considering a new form of running shoes, you may want to consider the five finger shoes that have become quite trendy among athletes across the world. Before doing so, however, be sure you understand how to prevent health complications from arising, including the development of athlete’s foot fungus.
Athlete’s foot is a common health ailment that plagues runners. While there is some argument the condition is related to poor hygiene, many sports medicine doctors will suggest that athlete’s foot fungus is prevalent in athletes due to the amount of moisture that built up in the shoes. Moisture builds up during a workout and then the inability to keep the feet dry thereafter will often contribute to fungal infection since fungi proliferate best in these types of environments. It is also not uncommon for itchy fingers and toes to also develop as fingers can be subjected to infection as well.
If you are considering the purchase of five finger shoes, for the purpose of running, be sure to ask about the health of your feet and what you can do to alleviate the risk for athlete’s foot fungus. While the five finger shoes are touted as the types of shoes that will prevent athlete’s foot from developing, if you do not buy the right type of shoe, and if you have a pre-existing risk for athlete’s foot fungus, then the risk for this infection may still be present.
Using talcum powder or alittle athlete’s foot fungus powder in the five finger shoes will help to further reduce the risk for this infection. If you feel you may still be at risk for developing a fungal infection on the feet, even while using five finger shoes, be sure to meet with a sports medicine doctor or a dermatologist about your risk. Ultimately, the five finger shoes will improve your mobility and function while running and they should, in most cases, reduce your risk for infection but infection is still a risk for concern.
Fungal infections in running shoes are quite common. In an age where the design and style of running shoes continues to be a trend that lures many new shoe purchases, be sure you understand what risks are also associated with these shoes as this will help to improve your experience in running overall.
Sources: The Good Foot Book, by Glenn Copeland