Athlete’s foot or “Tinea Pedis” is a common fungal infection which occurs between the toes, however you don’t have to be an athlete to get this condition. Athlete’s foot often looks like cracked, peeling or blistered areas of the skin (usually between the 4th and 5th toes) which is red, scaling and can feel itchy and sometimes feel like its burning. If left untreated it can spread to the soles of the foot, lead to painful fissures and further foot health complications.
Several fungal species can cause athlete’s foot and can be spread by walking barefoot in communal areas such as pools, showers and bathrooms especially where the skin can be moist or waterlogged. Once contracted wearing tight and cramped shoes can create a warm and dark environment for the fungus to breed.
Firstly always unsure that your feet are completely dry following a bath or shower. Regularly changing footwear helps as well as fully ventilating your shoes after using them. Treatment consists of filing the areas of concern and if possible looking for cuts or blisters that may be infected. Application of anti fungal ointment and creams will be used to control the fungus and advice on correct footwear wear and personal hygiene will be given where appropriate.
You don’t need to have any of the above conditions to visit a foot health professional. For many reason some people can not reach their feet and therefore they will need help and assistance with th
eir foot care and health. Treatment involves filing and cutting toe nails, removal of dead skin, prevention and treatment of any of the above conditions on their feet. Advice regarding foot care and foot exercises and a gentle massage with a specific foot care moisturiser.