Tips for Treating Athlete’s Foot

Dry, itchy, and burning feet are classic signs of athlete’s foot.   This is a common condition caused by fungus.  This organism thrives in warm, dark, moist environments such as the inside of your shoes.  Athlete’s foot typically affects the soles of your feet as well as in between your toes.  Treatment is recommended to prevent the infection from spreading.

Treatment and prevention of athlete’s foot begins with basic, proper foot care.  It is important to keep your feet clean and dry.  Wear clean, moisture-wicking socks.  If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks a couple times a day.

Wear well-ventilated shoes, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row to allow them to dry out thoroughly.  Also, consider using moisture absorbing powders or an anti-perspirant on your feet.

Over-the-counter antifungal medications are available and can be applied directly to the affected areas.  If your athlete’s foot does not improve within two weeks, you may require a stronger medication from your podiatrist.

Fungus is everywhere and anyone can be affected.  Also be aware that once treated, reinfection with the fungus can easily occur.  Your old shoes should be treated with an antifungal/antibacterial spray.  You should avoid walking barefoot around communal areas such as locker rooms or swimming pools, as these are breeding grounds for fungus.  And of course, continue keeping your feet clean and dry.

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