Athlete’s Foot

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungus infection that usually starts between the toes.  However, it can also involve other areas of the foot and even the toenails.  The fungus “germ” is present almost everywhere, but some individuals are more susceptible to fungal infections than others which is controlled by genetics.  

Fungus is a common mold that thrives in dark, warm, moist places.  Fungus infections commonly attack the areas of the skin in this environment, which shoes provide.   Fungal problems can be a result of environment (socks, shoes, heat and humidity) or weakened immunity (diseases such as diabetes).  Chronic (long standing) fungal infections are seen most commonly in adults, while acute (short lived)fungal infections are seen more often in children.  Initially the symptoms include moist, malodorous, cracking, peeling, red and itching skin.

Dr. Michaels Says:

“The best cream for the foot is sold in our retail store.  Fungifoam stops itching, dryness, fungus and conditions the skin.  Fungifoam stops and prevents athlete’s foot and will help seal the skin and prevent fungal and viral infections.  By not having dry cracked skin, the skin is more resilient and you are less likely to get warts or athlete’s foot.  If you have athlete’s foot, apply a small amount to the entire amount of skin below the ankle twice a day.  After the condition clears and to prevent many skin issues with the feet, apply a small amount to the entire area of skin below the ankle once a day after bathing for life.  You may have a favorite face cream, and Fungifioam can be your new favorite foot cream.  We constantly scan the market for the best products, stock them and use them.  Fungifoam is the best there is.”

Athlete’s Foot Treatment Options

Topical applications of over-the-counter or prescription creams will usually clear the infection on the skin – we recommend Fungifoam.  In some cases, oral anti-fungal medications are needed to clear the infection.  Once a patient has been infected, the disease may recur intermittently.   The following are important foot care instructions for those who have been affected by athlete’s foot:

  1. Wash the feet carefully with soap and water.
  2. Dry feet carefully, especially between toes.
  3. Use a medicated foot powder.
  4. Try using spray deodorant/antiperspirant once or twice a day on your feet to decrease sweating.
  5. Wear only synthetic socks, not cotton. 
  6. Wear a different pair of shoes everyday.
  7. Change socks 2 times a day. 

Adhering to these home care “tips” will help to prevent another episode of athlete’s foot.