Safety shoes against dermatomycosis

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On the market there is a wide choice of safety shoes, and at first sight they look all the same, although there are actually great differences among the various types. In this article my goal is to give you some advice about the best Safety shoes against dermatomycosis.

I will try to give you an idea of what problems can be avoided by using the right kind of safety shoes.

I am sure this article will be a big help to you so that you will be able to choose the perfect pair of safety shoes for your problem.


What is dermatomycosis

Dermatomycosis is a skin fungal infection, and there are several types. They are a group of rather common skin diseases and indeed the chances of being infected in your whole life are about 20%. Such probabilities are even higher in places with hot and humid climate.

What’s of interest for us, is that dermatomycosis also affect the feet and the toenails.

Not only fungus can cause infections, but yeasts, too. Infections from yeasts generally manifest as intertrigo, which occurs where there is friction between body parts, hence in the spaces between toes as well.

There seems to be a positive correlation between age and the incidence of the disease.


The causes

Safety shoes against dermatomycosis

The most common type of dermatomycosis is athlete’s foot. In this case the fungus thrive in the hot and humid microclimate in the space between the toes. Many patients get this fungus in public pools or showers, where the amount of pathogens is high, and there is enough humidity. Once the fungus has infected the skin in the foot, it can easily spread to other parts of the body, like the hands or the nails.



The symptoms vary according to the type of pathogenic agent and the area of the body which is infected. However, many of this diseases cause desquamation, reddening of the skin and itch. Moreover, it’s common to have chapped skin. Tinea is a very common genre of dermatomycosis, which leads to red skin rashes, round or ring-shaped, very itchy.



A medical examination can detect a generic dermatomycosis, but in order to detect the exact species of parasite the doctor will need to examine some skin or nail samples under a microscope.



Safety shoes against dermatomycosis

Pharmacological therapies are usually effective to eliminate the fungus or yeast. Simple infections are normally treated with topical antifungal medicines like creams, ointments or special nail polish. Massive infections are treated with systemic medicines.

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Several preventive measures exist:

  • Good hygiene, especially of the feet;
  • Changing your socks at least once a day
  • Using foot powder to absorb the sweat
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Any measure to maintain a strong immune system


Safety shoes against dermatomycosis

Safety shoes against dermatomycosis

The use of the appropriate safety shoes has the function of avoiding infections on the skin of the foot or between the toes caused by parasitic fungi. Such type of infection is commonly known as tinea pedis or athlete’s foot. The main cause of this illness is a rise in the temperature of the foot caused by bad sweating or heat, which are consequences of the use of inappropriate safety shoes or of excessive hydration of the skin, due to humidity or hyperhidrosis. Non usage of the right safety shoes may lead to blistering, spots on the skin, bad smell, itch and desquamation.

Athlete’s foot is then that disease which causes the skin of the feet and the toes to crack and bleed. Such condition depends largely on the ventilation of the shoes.

Not using the appropriate safety shoes could make the illness become chronic, which would mean always having dry, cracked and itchy skin.

Prevention of dermatomycosis with the right measures

For the above-mentioned reasons you should get yourself a pair of good ventilated safety shoes as soon as possible:

  • If you need water repellent safety shoes, which are water resistant but less breathable than non water repellent ones, you should opt for a high-quality model, because good quality leather and lining mean better breathability and a microclimate which is a hostile environment for the pathogens;
  • if you need non water repellent safety shoes you should make sure you get a good, ventilated product made of breathable, perforated materials, and even sandals if your job allows it;
  • the insole is important, too: a high-quality insole of polyurethane foam and with an antibacterial upper layer, ideally perforated and with activated carbon can be of great help;
  • tie your shoes well (it’s important for your safety at work!) but not too tight, otherwise your skin won’t breathe.
  • socks play an important role too. At work you should wear work or sport socks made of dri fit or other materials that absorb and release moisture, leaving the feet dry.
  • It’s a good solution to have two pairs of safety shoes and to rotate them so that you never wear the same pair two days in a row. This way your shoes will always be dry and clean;
  • don’t forget to perform the regular maintenance of your safety footwear: apply an antibacterial spray deodorant to the inside of the shoes, use foot powder and change your socks and insoles often.

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Safety shoes against dermatomycosis: Conclusions

Those were some small tricks and hints you can use to choose the perfect type of safety shoes for your skin problem.

As soon as you learn the ropes and you get the right safety footwear for your needs, you will experience better comfort at work.

I assure you that if you wear the right type of safety footwear you will live a better work experience.

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Robert Frog
I was born in London in 1975 and still live here. I could define myself, summing up in a few words my long working career, a great expert in the field of foot and foot problems. Immediately after graduating in Motor Science I started working in an orthopaedics in which orthotics were made to measure for people with foot problems. In 1999 I was hired as Key Account Manager in a well-known chain of safety footwear and other personal protective equipment. Among my clients I had several industries, which I visited regularly to understand the needs of workers, both in terms of protection and comfort. During these years I have consolidated my knowledge on foot problems. Furthermore, I studied carefully the products I proposed: attending courses, participating in trade fairs and, often, accepting the invitation of manufacturers to visit the factories. I was thus able to observe closely the techniques and materials used to produce the best safety shoes. Since 2015 I have been collaborating with the PPE Academy for the content of Safety Shoes Today.

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  1. I’m surprised there are no boots listed. I’d not go on a landfill work site without ANSI-rated steel toe, puncture proof, non-skid, over-ankle boots. These shoes could easily get stuck in a few inches of muck.

    • Hello Ric and thanks for the feedback. In the article, between the recommended products there are a couple of products that might fit your needs, one is a mid boot by Reebok and another one is an ankle boot by Merrell that is also waterproof, probably that’s the best solution for you. In case you need a more advanced recommendation, please write us an email we’ll be glad to assist you.


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