Heres why you should always wear socks when shoe shopping

Shoe shopping can be very therapeutic. And one can literally spend hours searching for the perfect shoe. Wouldn’t it be awful to find the perfect shoe, but to also unwittingly contract a foot infection? Unfortunately without the proper precautions your feet may be at risk of a number of foot infections.

Verruca (plantar wart)

Foot infections

Verrucas are warts on the soles of your feet. They may have tiny black dots in the centre and can be painful when you put weight on them. They tend to look quite flat because of the pressure put on them. Sometimes, if you have clusters of verrucas, they can fuse together. These are called mosaic warts.

Warts don’t cause you any harm but some people find them itchy, painful or embarrassing. Verrucas are more likely to be painful – like standing on a needle.

Verrucas foot infections treatment

Generally verrucas go away by themselves. Speak to your pharmacist if they get worse or become painful.

There are many creams, gels and medicated plasters for treating warts and verrucas that you can buy at pharmacies. Many of these contain an ingredient called salicylic acid. This is a chemical that helps to soften the hard outer layer of your wart or verruca.

verrucas are usually caused by direct skin contact or contact with surfaces contaminated with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

  • Don’t share your towels, shoes or socks.
  • Wear flip-flops in communal showers.
  • Cover your wart or verruca with a waterproof plaster when you go swimming.
  • do not walk barefoot in public places if you have a verruca.

Foot infections

Foot infections prevention

Wearing socks keeps the feet dry and prevents conditions such as athlete’s foot. Going sockless can result in conditions such as blisters or sores on the foot. Also, odor can develop if you don’t wear socks, since your feet have a lot of sweat glands.

One of the most common ways to pick it up is to walk barefoot in places where germs hang out, like public pools or gym locker rooms. You can also get it if you share socks, bath towels, or bed sheets with someone who already has it.

If your feet are burning or itchy all the time, and if you see what looks like a rash on the skin, you could have athlete’s foot.

Foot infections

Vesicular infections

Vesicular infections happen anywhere on your foot. But the small, red blisters usually pop up on your soles or between your toes. The rash may feel itchy or painful. It can be worse in the summer. In addition to sores that may ooze discharge, your skin gets very inflamed and discolored. This type of infection is usually very painful.

Mild cases can be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. Serious or persistent infections may require an oral antifungal such as terbinafine or itraconazole for a period of two to six months.


Fungal foot infections can be prevented by keeping your feet clean and dry and by washing them every day with soap and water. Avoid going barefoot in public spaces or the sharing of footwear or nail clippers. Always keep your toenails trimmed, and change your socks and shoes regularly to prevent moisture build-up.


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