Moisturizers Worsen Athlete’s Foot: MD Podiatrist

Many people confuse dry, cracked skin for athlete’s foot. “Athlete’s foot commonly looks like scaling on the bottom of the feet and can easily be mistaken for dry skin,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. Fungus feeds off moist environments, so moisturizing your feet will further worsen athlete’s foot and prevent it from healing, he says.
Lose the lotion and opt for over-the-counter fungal creams to effectively treat athlete’s foot, Dr. Michaels says. And if you’re having difficulty distinguishing dry patches from fungal-based scaling on your feet, see a podiatrist who can properly assess and diagnose your issue.