Maybe this could be the nail in the coffin of an Uggs wearer.
Podiatrist Dr. Olivier Zong, DPM, the director of surgery at NYC Footcare is saying that Uggs could be the cause of some foot fungi. “Fungus breeds in dark, wet environments – conditions that are usually seen inside trendy sheepskin boots,” said Zong. What's worse is that if you get a fungus in your toenails, it's pretty hard to get rid of it. If that doesn't make your day, I don't know what will!
But if you really love your furry boots that much, don't despair. “Foot fungus likes a dark moist environment –s o any sock and shoe could provide that, especially during the winter,” says Dr. Howard Shapiro, a DPM with Manhattan Podiatry. “Uggs have a wool lining so if anything I would think that if anything they would absorb the sweat [that leads to foot fungus].” He also noted that even with the spike in Uggs wearers, there has been no increase in foot fungus.
So, what should you do? Wear those possibly infected boots or risk being a fashion victim? You can still wear the boots, just make sure to prevent foot fungus by following these simple steps:
– Keep your feet dry and clean. Apply a topical anti-fungal medication on any cracking or peeling areas of the skin.
– Wear socks that are made of an acrylic fiber, not cotton (acrylic wicks moisture away from the feet), and change your socks at least once a day.
– Cover your feet with antiperspirant. The active ingredient, aluminum hydroxide, keeps your feet from sweating.
– Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Shoes need about 24 hours to completely dry out from the last time they were worn.