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Focus on Tinea Pedis – Athlete’s foot

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Focus on Tinea Pedis – Athlete’s foot

If you have ever had the misfortune to suffer with Tinea Pedis, otherwise known as Athlete’s Foot, you will have cause to remember the sheer discomfort from the intense and painful itching and if you’re of a certain age you’ll remember that the treatment long ago was based on foul smelling ammonia, which caused as much distress as the condition itself!

What is it and how do we get it?

Athlete’s Foot is caused by the same virus that gives you fungal nail infections. It usually appears between the toes for maximum discomfort although it can also appear on the soles of the feet. You will notice that the skin appears red, dry and scaly or white and soggy and may sometimes blister. Whichever appearance Athlete’s Foot bestows on your poor feet it will always be sore and itchy. When you have Athlete’s Foot you must be especially careful with hygiene and handling because it can easily spread to surrounding skin, toenails or even to other parts of the body. In extreme cases the affected areas could become further infected and cellulitis could develop. Take extra care when dressing and bathing to avoid it spreading.

As with so many fungal problems Athlete’s Foot is caught through poor hygiene and foot care. The likelihood of getting it increases if you if you always wear the type of shoes which make your feet very sweaty, don’t keep your feet clean and dry and if you fail to change your socks every day. Athlete’s Foot is contagious so walking around barefoot in communal areas can exacerbate the chances of getting it, as can sharing towels and footwear with an infected person. Certain health conditions like Diabetes can also increase the risk.

Treatments for Athlete’s Foot

The treatments for the condition are based around creams, powders or solutions that are applied directly to the affected area and most generic ones are available off-prescription. They work by stopping the development of the fungus in its tracks and should also provide a measure of itch relief. Your podiatrist can recommend a suitable treatment for you and can offer advice on the best way to use it. Along with good hygiene most over the counter treatments work well in clearing up Athlete’s Foot although it may take several weeks and you may be advised to continue using the treatment for some time after it appears to have gone.

There are several traditional home remedies advocated for Athlete’s Foot including apple cider vinegar, calendula cream, bicarbonate of soda, salt and even tea. However, although some of these may appear to relieve the symptoms and may even improve the softness of the skin, they cannot cure the infection or eradicate the fungus causing it. Once you stop using them the condition will simply reappear. For this reason we would strongly recommend that you use a pharmacy-led treatment for best results.

Reduce the risk

Lessen the risk of getting Athlete’s Foot by following good hygiene rules, make sure feet are thoroughly dry before dressing and change footwear regularly. In addition, avoid sharing towels and clothing with someone who has the fungal infection.

How to dry your feet and what happens if you don’t.

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How to dry your feet and what happens if you don’t.

Drying your feet is of paramount importance. Failure to do so can cause the toes to become macerated (softening and breaking down of skin), which often leads to tinea pedis, otherwise known as athlete’s foot. Below, we will take a look at athlete’s foot in further detail while also providing you with some top tips on how to keep your feet dry.

Athlete’s foot

So, let’s take a look at athlete’s foot. This is a very common fungal infection, which has a tendency to occur on the skin in between your toes. As you may have gathered by the name of this infection, it is something that a lot of athletes suffer from. This is because their feet sweat a lot because they, of course, exercise regularly, but they also choose to wear close-fitting trainers, which causes the feet to sweat. Most athletes opt for synthetic trainers as well, which adds to the problem. Nevertheless, even if you do not workout regularly, you could still suffer from athlete’s foot, as sweat is the cause, and let’s face it; we all sweat!

A lot of people mistakenly believe that poor hygiene is the cause of this infection. Cleanliness has nothing to do with tinea pedis. In fact, many people think showering is the best way to prevent it, but this can actually make it worse. Washing between your toes will do nothing to keep the fungus at bay, but keeping your feet dry and clean will.

What is athlete’s foot like? This infection can be very uncomfortable, as it makes your skin itchy, sore, and red. Most people experience cracking between their toes, as well as flaky skin. You need to treat athlete’s foot immediately, as you are at risk of cellulitis, or other types of painful bacterial infections, as bacteria can get through the cracks.

Drying your feet properly

To prevent the above from occurring, you need to make sure you dry your feet properly all of the time. Make sure that you use a separate clean and dry towel to dry in between your toes. You should never put socks or shoes on your feet until they are completely dry. You may also wish to invest in moisture wicking socks. You can find specialised synthetic blend socks online, which have the ability to absorb moisture from the skin, which travels to the outer of the sock and is then evaporated through the shoe.

There is also a great selection of sprays, talc, and cream on the market to help keep your feet dry and treat tinea pedis. Surefoot Podiatry carries a full range of these products at competitive prices.