5 Ways to Avoid and Treat Athelete’s Foot

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Athlete’s foot can be a nagging, painful problem. It can even make walking and running difficult. The symptoms of athlete’s foot may range from itchy patches on your foot to deep slits or cracks between the toes. The skin on your feet may become red and appear moist. Blisters may form and spread on the feet.

Athelete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is most commonly found between the toes, but can be found on the sole of the foot or the toenails. In advanced cases, pus may be present and there may be a distinctive odor to the foot. Athlete’s foot can usually be treated at home with good foot hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Follow these tips and you will lessen your chances of getting athlete’s foot.

Keep your Feet Dry

One of the best ways to avoid getting athlete’s foot is to keep your feet dry. Always wear sandals or shower shoes when you are in a public shower or pool area. Always dry your feet extremely well after a bath or shower. If your socks and shoes get wet during the day, change into dry socks and shoes as soon as you can.

Salon Concerns

Pedicure instruments can cause infection if they are not properly cleaned. If you go to a salon, either bring your own pedicure instruments or ask about the salon’s disinfection procedures.

Go Barefoot

If you already have athlete’s foot, wearing shoes and socks all day long can make it worse. By going barefoot part of the day, your feet will be able to air out. If you can’t go barefoot, try to wear sandals or light canvas shoes that will let your feet breathe.

Anti-fungal Products

There are many products available to treat athlete’s foot. If you have a mild infection, without redness and itching, keep your feet extremely clean and dry. Wash them several times a day and dry them very well before putting your shoes and socks on. Apply anti-fungal cream between your toes and on any other affected areas. You can also sprinkle anti-fungal powder on your shoes and socks. The most effective anti-fungal products contain ketoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole or oxiconazole.

See Your Doctor

If you have been keeping your feet clean and dry and applying anti-fungal products for two weeks and you are not seeing any improvement, it may be time to see your family doctor or podiatrist. If you get athlete’s foot and you have diabetes or a circulation problem, see your doctor right away.

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  • I totally agree with you especially on barefoot. When the environment is safe, going barefoot is good because it allows you to feel and connect with the ground, forces you to move well. Alternatively, you can also wear barefoot running shoes, but the downside is that when you are wearing your shoes, your feet remain sweaty and invite more bacteria -candida/fungus etc. You can still wear though but you have to spray shoes with anti-fungal spray. Thanks for sharing this post and keep it up! Cheers!