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Sockless footwear trends are to blame for a sharp rise in the number of fungal infections in young men, according to The College of Podiatry.

Podiatrist Emma Stephenson told the BBC she’s seeing more 18-25 year-old men with “problems associated with wearing shoes without socks and ill-fitting shoes.”

Going sockless isn’t particularly new, but the rise of Gucci loafers and slip-ons from the insider street style trend to almost full-blown celebrity cliché (we’re looking at you, Conor McGregor) is wreaking (not to mention reeking) havoc on the feet of young guys.

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“The average feet sweat about half a pint a day,” Emma Stephenson tells the BBC. “Too much moisture and warmth can lead to fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.”

To avoid the dreaded trench foot and other fungal-based feet issues, Emma recommends to minimize how long you wear shoes without socks, spray antiperspirant on your soles before wear, and to seek advice if you spot anything unusual or experience pain.

In other news, condoms are now being made to fit smaller dicks.

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