Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Treating athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot (or tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It can often be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams available at any pharmacy. However, if you have tried these creams and the problem persists (or if it always comes back), we can help you. The fungus will grow faster in a moist environment. So, when treating this problem, your goal is to kill the fungus while keeping your feet dry.
Our self-treatment plan to get rid of athlete’s foot
- Wash your feet daily with an antifungal soap.
- Every morning, after drying your feet, apply a foot anti-perspirant.
- Every night before going to bed, wash your feet and apply an antifungal cream that contains miconazole nitrate, tea tree and sunflower oils, oregano, tannic acid, lavender and garlic extracts.
- It is advisable to alternate your shoes. Never wear the same pair two days.
- Use a shoe disinfectant that kills odor-causing bacteria inside your shoes with ultraviolet light (UV-C). In a single 45-minute treatment, you can kill up to 99.9% of the microorganisms in your shoes, including odour-causing bacteria and fungi, nail fungus, and athlete’s foot. This type of product is designed for people who have footwear that emits odors, odorous feet, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and nail fungus.
- Avoid cotton socks. Cotton retains moisture on the skin. Instead, wear socks that wick moisture away from the skin. Use socks made with X-Static silver fiber. Silver is naturally antimicrobial and these seamless socks safely inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi. If the above treatment does not provide relief within three weeks, book an appointment at our clinic in Montreal. If the fungus does not disappear, you may not have athlete’s foot or you may need prescription medication. We will diagnose your problem and give you the appropriate treatment.
If the above treatment does not relieve your symptoms within three weeks, make an appointment and come see us at our clinic in Montreal. If the fungus does not go away, you may not have athlete’s foot or you may need prescription medication. By consulting our Podiatrist, we will diagnose your problem and give you the appropriate treatment.2021