ATHLETE'S FOOT

ATHLETE’S FOOT

 

Home Treatment Options

Athlete’s foot – also known as Tinea Pedis – is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. This can appear as a dry rash on the bottom of your feet (hyperkeratotic version), as a white colored moist area between your toes (interdigital version), as small blisters with a clear fluid (vesicular version), or as a combination of all three.  The one thing in common is that all three versions usually itch a lot.  It can often be treated with OTC anti-fungal creams found at any pharmacy. If you have tried these creams, however, and still have the problem, or you find that it keeps returning, we can help you. Fungus grows best in a moist environment. So your goal when treating this problem is to both kill the fungus and keep your feet dry.

Here is a 6-step self-treatment plan to get rid of athlete’s foot:

1. Wash your feet every day with an anti-fungal soap such as Pedifix Fungal Soap.
   
2. Every morning, after drying your feet apply a foot antiperspirant. We recommend Ostiderm Deoderant and Antiperspirant for the Feet.
   
3. Every night before bed, wash your feet and then apply Tripod Athlete’s Foot Cream – an anti-fungal that includes Miconazole nitrate, tea tree and sunflower oils, oregano, tannic acid, lavender and garlic extracts.
   
4. Try to alternate your shoes – never wear the same pair two days in a row.  
   
5. Use a Shoe Sanitizer. The new SteriShoe shoe sanitizer kills the odor-causing germs that reside inside your shoes with an ultraviolet light (UVC). In only one 45 minute treatment, you can destroy up to 99.9% of the microorganisms in shoes, including the bacteria and fungi that cause foot odor, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot. It is designed for people who have shoe odor, foot odor, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and toenail fungus.
   
6. Avoid cotton socks – cotton holds moisture next to your skin. Instead, wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. The Smartknit X-Static socks at www.professionalfootandanklecenters.com or Mark and Nick’s Doctor Store, are some of the best we have found. These socks wick moisture away from your feet and are made with X-Static – a silver fiber. The silver is naturally anti-microbial and these seamless socks safely inhibit the growth of odor causing bacteria and fungi.
   

 

If the above treatment does not provide relief within three weeks make an appointment to see us in our Davison or Lapeer office. If it doesn’t clear up, you may have something other than Athlete’s foot or you may need prescription medications. We’ll diagnose your problem and provide the appropriate treatment.  Sometimes eczema, psoriasis, xerosis, or dermatitis can be mistaken for an athlete’s foot infection.  Also, an Athlete’s foot infection can cause a fungal treatment.toenail infection (onychomychosis) and vice versa.  If you have both a fungal skin infection and a fungal toenail infection, they are usually treated differently and they should be treated at the same time to get rid of the problem all together.  We’ll diagnose your problem and provide the appropriate