Athlete’s foot is a common foot problem that many people are plagued with. Athlete’s foot is a bacterial or fungal infection that affects the skin of the foot. It is contagious and can be easily spread. You can get Athlete’s foot if you come in contact with the fungus as it begins to grow on the skin. The most common symptoms of Athlete’s foot are itching, burning, stinging and discomfort while moving around or staying still. Athlete’s foot is more common in men due to the closed, tight shoes that they wear, as the fungus prefers an environment that is dark, hot and moist. However, it is incorrect that only athletes get Athlete’s foot. Anyone can develop this foot problem.
Do not despair if Athlete’s foot has got you up all night and feeling miserable. These tips will point you in the right direction and help you manage this itchy problem.
Tips for Athlete’s Foot Management
- Limit sharing towels, pillowcases, shoes, socks, etc. if you have Athlete’s foot.
- Wash your hands every time you touch your feet.
- Wear new socks every day.
- Don’t go barefoot at the pool, beach, sauna, gym or locker room.
- Go barefoot when at home to air your feet out.
- Keep your feet dry as much as possible, especially after bathing.
- Wear shoes and slippers that allow your feet to breathe.
- Use over the counter remedies.
- Sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes to keep them dry and to absorb moisture.
- Don’t use strong chemicals like bleach or alcohol to soak your feet. Instead, try two capfuls of Betadine solution or soak your feet in Epsom salts.
- Disinfect all your shoes each and every time you wear them if you have Athlete’s foot.
- Give your shoes some sunshine to dry and air them out by the windowsill or on the porch.
- If you can, opt for shoes that are made with breathable materials or wear flip-flops until your Athlete’s foot is gone.
- Wear socks that are organic or made with cotton.
For chronic Athlete’s foot that doesn’t get better with home remedies or over the counter anti-itch or anti-fungal treatments, it is best to see a board certified podiatrist who can help you treat Athlete’s foot for once and for all.
Visit Dr. Paul S. DeMarco to find out how you can find relief. Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is a board certified podiatrist who has treated numerous foot and ankle disorders with success. You can visit him and his staff at their office in Somers Point, New Jersey.
Call to schedule your appointment or with any concerns or questions at (609) 927-4894.