Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes or on the bottom of the feet. It occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within shoes that don’t allow the skin to breathe.  Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.

Athlete’s foot can be acute or chronic.  Acute signs and symptoms are often characterized by a red rash, itching, burning, and tiny vesicles filled with fluid.  Chronic forms of athlete’s foot often will be characterized by dry, red and peeling skin on the bottoms of the feet.  There is often no itching with chronic athlete’s foot.  Athlete’s foot can sometimes be treated with over-the-counter anti fungal medications, but prescription medications may be needed.

 Important Treatment Notes

  1. Areas that are likely to be infection, especially between the toes, should be completely dried after bathing and before covering or wearing socks.

  2. It is important that you use any topical anti fungal medication twice a day for at least 3 weeks.

  3. There are different forms of topical anti fungal medications.  It’s important to use the right one.  In general, if your skin is dry, you would want to use an anti fungal cream.  If your skin is moist and sweaty, it may be best to use an anti fungal spray or a powder.  Ask your podiatrist for recommendations for your feet.

  4. If you are using an over-the-counter medication for a period of time and it does not seem to be helping, it may be necessary for us to prescribe a prescription-strength anti fungal medication.

  5. If you have a chronic form of athlete’s foot and your skin is very thick and dry, it may be necessary to also use topical urea cream to help to soften the skin and to help the anti fungal cream penetrate better.  We carry a prescription strength urea cream in our office for your convenience.

  6. If topical treatments do not seem to be helping, it may be necessary for us to place you on a short course of an oral anti fungal medication to help treat the infection internally.

  7. Try to wear cotton-blend socks and avoid nylons.  Cotton-blend breathes well and helps to absorb sweat away from your skin.

  8. Try not to wear sandals and flip flops during treatment.  Since you don’t wear socks with this footwear, sweat on your skin increases and you can re-infect yourself.

  9. If your feet are excessively sweaty, a topical antiperspirant may be needed.  Discuss this with your podiatrist.

  10. It is important to also treat your shoes to prevent re-infection.  We carry a shoe spray in our office that contains Silver – a safe antibacterial/anti fungal medication.

  11. Consider going on a low sugar diet.  Fungus needs sugar to thrive and many suspect that athlete’s foot is much more common in people that consume excessive sugar.

  12. Consider a Candida cleanse.  Candida is a natural fungus/yeast that is found in your large intestine.  Consuming excessive sugar over many years can contribute to Candida overgrowth which in simple terms, prevents your body’s ability to fight off fungal infections.  Many places such as Walgreen's or Vitamin Shoppe sell Candida cleanse.

  13. Vinegar and tannic acid (found in tea) have anti fungal properties.  Consider soaking your feet once or twice a day in a basin of water containing one or both of these.

  14. It is important to keep all of your follow-up appointments with your doctor so there can be continuity to your treatments.

  15. If you have any other questions, please call to request an appointment.

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