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How To Stay Fungus-Free On The Ice: Nail And Foot Hygiene Tips For Hockey Players

Nancy Peters
December 11, 2022

Many people across the world play hockey. The sport is exciting but has significant risks. One issue that often plagues hockey players is the fungus that can grow in the moist, dark environment provided by skates. Considering the importance of footwork when navigating the ice, hockey players need to remain fungus-free. This blog post will discuss how you can stay fungus-free on the ice.

How are Hockey Players more prone to skin infection?

Playing ice hockey, while a fun way to stay healthy, is also a quick way to develop a foot fungus with uncomfortable side effects. There are several factors at work:

  • Skin injuries (such as cuts and scrapes) are widespread, allowing disease-causing germs to enter our bodies and begin developing.
  • Skin-to-skin contact is expected in particular sports and can introduce hazardous germs into an open wound.
  • Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can be passed between players who share equipment or personal things in the locker room, such as razors or towels. Players may also come into contact with microorganism-contaminated surfaces in the numerous facilities they use collectively.

Nail and Foot Hygiene Tips for Hockey Players

The fungus that causes trouble on our feet thrives best in a dark, moist environment. Doesn't this sound a lot like the atmosphere inside our shoes? Inside our boots (and even on top of our sandals) is where foot fungus resides, feeds, and multiplies at an alarming rate.

So reducing, or even eliminating, the fungus that lives in our shoes is the most effective approach to preventing foot fungus. There are several approaches to this, some of which work better than others:

  • Apply anti-fungal products, such as powders, sprays, and lotions, to the skin of the foot regularly. 
  • Wash your socks once a week. Of course, you should do it; it would be repulsive not to! However, fungus-infected skin cells quickly pass through sock fibers and remain in your shoes regardless of how clean your socks are.
  • Clean your shoes. Shoes usually do well in cool water with detergent powerful enough to destroy the fungus.
  • Use an anti-fungal solution explicitly designed to reduce fungus in your shoes. There aren't many, but using an anti-fungal shoe spray daily will help keep fungus off your feet.

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