I used to struggle with Athlete’s foot as a child and especially as a teen so I had to start taking steps to prevent Athlete’s foot from happening in the first place. Athlete’s foot is manageable if you get it, but the absolute best way to manage it is to not get it in the first place. The fungi that cause Athlete’s foot can also get into your toenails and cause them to look disgusting. I have found one of the best ways to prevent fungus getting anywhere near your feet is to where shower shoes. There are several places where it is more important to wear showers shoes than if you were at your own home.
A gym or athletic facility has to be one of the worst places for fungus. In the sauna, showers, and toilets there is going to be an enormous amount of fungus. If you go your gym or athletic facility often, it would be a good decision to buy some shower shoes to prevent your feet from coming into contact with the fungus. I suppose that’s why they call it “Athlete’s foot” because athletes are more likely to come in contact with fungus in shared showers and bathrooms.
Community bathrooms in college dorms are another place where fungi thrive. Combine the fact that college students probably are not very clean and the fact the bathrooms are not thoroughly cleaned often and you have a recipe for disaster. One of the first items on any college student’s “Things I Need to Take to College” list should be a pair of shower shoes.
Another situation you might not think about potential fungus problems is while you are traveling. Oftentimes, you are busy making plans or doing activities and forget to consider the health of your feet. Hotels can be one of the worst places to get fungus infections because so many people have stayed there and face it, they are not very clean. Put on some shower shoes before you walk into the bathroom and you will be protecting your feet from potential problems.
In general, I think it is a good idea to wear shower shoes in any bathroom whether it is on the road while traveling or in your own bathroom especially if you bathroom is dirty. Fungi are hard to kill, so even if you clean your bathroom often, there could be fungi in your shower. By always wearing shower shoes in any bathroom that you go into, you are protecting your feet from potential problems like Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.