Disclaimer: Beverley Ashdown, Podiatrist, S.R.Ch., M.Ch.S., M.Pod.A., D.Pod.M., H.P.C does not endorse any brands. If you are concerned about the health of your feet you should contact your GP
Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is the term used to describe fungal infections of the toes and feet. It is a very common condition that many people develop at some point in their life, however it is often seen in teenagers or, like the name suggests, people who play a lot of sport. Symptoms vary but can include itching, peeling, cracking and blistering. The skin between your toes can become red or dry. If the rash worsens, it can be particularly painful, as your skin may start to crack, sometimes causing the raw tissue underneath to become exposed. The fungus can affect the nails too.
Treatment for athlete’s foot would depend on your symptoms and site of infection. A dry powder antifungal spray is easy to use, especially between the toes. An antifungal cream can be used for infections involving the nails or the skin and should be applied, as recommended on pack. Treatment also comes in powder and gel formats. It is important to remember that although your rash may have disappeared quickly, the infection may not be completely treated. You may have to continue your treatment for a further 1-2 weeks. Remember to always follow the label instructions. If you’re showing no signs of improvement after 2 weeks, you should see your GP, especially if it is causing you significant pain or discomfort.
Keeping your skin healthy is important. Regular use of a dry powder antifungal spray, can help stop reinfection. Drying the feet properly after bathing is essential. Changing socks and shoes regularly is also helpful along with wearing socks that will help keep the feet dry. It can also be useful to alternate your footwear, helping to ensure shoes are dry. Using an antifungal powder in your shoes can also help prevent reinfection.