Athlete's Foot

Tuesday, 12 September 2017  |  Admin



Introduction to Athlete’s Foot

The term athlete's foot is a highly misleading word, as this condition does not only occur in athletes. Athlete's foot is a common name given to a fungal infection of the skin that predominately occurs in between toes but can occur anywhere on the foot. If left untreated the condition can spread to other parts of the foot, hands and can even affect the face. This condition can cause a great deal of discomfort and can affect an individual's quality of life. The skin involved may be red, swollen and may contain sticky fluid. Patients may also experience a scaly dry rash on the bottom and sides of feet. This type of athlete's foot is called a "moccasin" pattern. Cracks or "fissures" can occur between the toes, sometimes with a accompanied soft white scale. Symptoms include dry and itchy lesions. Patients often report a burning or stinging sensation. A common associated condition with athletes foot is a fungal nail infection. If athlete’s foot is not treated the lesion can become infected and extremely painful.
Causes of Athletes’s Foot
Many people have the fungus present on their skin but are unaffected by the microscopic organism. Conditions such as bruising or cracks in the skin allow entry for the fungus. Fungi thrive on moist, warm environments, which is why this condition usually occurs in between toes due to an accumulation of moisture. It may also spread between individuals. A common port of entry is found within bathrooms, showers, swimming pools and changing rooms. Not changing your socks on a regular basis can also encourage the build up of fungi in between the toes. People with excessively sweaty feet are more prone to this condition.


 Treatment of Athlete’s Foot
Diabetic patients should seek medical advice.

  •  Wear cotton socks to absorb moisture. Dry the feet thoroughly after bathing especially in between the toes. Treat excessively sweaty feet.
  •  Wash and dry your feet (including between the toes) every morning and evening, change socks or stockings daily, and don't wear the same shoes day after day.
  •  Sprinkle antifungal powder on feet and in your shoes daily.