Do Uggs Cause Foot Fungus?

Fungi like to breed in dark, wet places, and Uggs provide the perfect conditions, says Dr. Olivier Zong, a podiatrist and director of surgery at NYC Footcare. But not all podiatrists agree with Dr. Zong. Dr. Howard Shapiro, a DPM with Manhattan Podiatry, says any shoe or sock can provide a dark, damp environment, not only shearling-lined Uggs. “Uggs have a wool lining so if anything I would think that they would absorb the sweat [that leads to foot fungus],” said Dr. Shapiro to Fashionista. “Foot fungus affects about 40 percent of the population,” he added. “Prior to Uggs it was still affecting 40 percent of the population.”

I’ve found that wearing nylon trouser socks feels more comfortable in my shearling-lined boots than cotton ones, which don’t wick moisture away from the feet. As a result, my feet don’t sweat as much. But there are other precautions you can take to prevent foot fungus, like using an antiperspirant, changing socks and shoes daily, and protecting cracking and peeling skin with an anti-fungal topical medication. [Fashionista]

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