There is nothing worse than having constant interruptions throughout your day because you can’t resist the urge to scratch your itchy feet. You might think it is normal if you are wearing thick socks or are in boots so your feet sweat, but there is a high chance that it is caused by Tinea Pedis and this can be treated. Keep reading below to find out more!
What is tinea pedis?
Tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It typically causes itching, burning, and scaling of the skin between the toes, on the soles of the feet, and sometimes on the toenails. The condition is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and moist environments. Tinea pedis is contagious and can spread through contact with infected surfaces or through direct skin contact with an infected person.
What are the signs and symptoms of tinea pedis?
The following are the most common but not limited to signs and symptoms of tinea pedis: 1. Itching, burning, and stinging between your toes or on the soles of your feet 2. Redness, scaling, and dryness of the affected skin 3. Blisters or ulcers that can ooze fluid 4. Cracking and peeling of the skin 5. Thick, discoloured, and misshapen toenails 6. Foul odour from the affected area
How do I treat this condition?
There are various methods that you can treat this condition. They include:
1. Over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays: These can be used to treat mild cases of tinea pedis. Some of the commonly used antifungal medications include clotrimazole, terbinafine, miconazole, and tolnaftate.
2. Prescription-strength antifungal medication: In severe cases of tinea pedis, a doctor may prescribe a stronger antifungal medication such as oral terbinafine or fluconazole.
3. Topical steroids: Topical steroids can help reduce inflammation and itching associated with tinea pedis. However, they should be used cautiously as they can worsen fungal infections.
4. Foot soaks: Soaking feet in a solution of Epsom salt, tea tree oil, or vinegar can help relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence.
5. Good foot hygiene: Keeping feet clean and dry can help prevent tinea pedis. Be sure to wash feet with soap and water, dry them well, and wear clean socks daily. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas, and do not share towels or footwear.
It is important to consult with your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. If you are experiencing itchy, red, and dry feet or believe you may have tinea pedis, please feel free to come into our clinic at 4/89-97 New Canterbury Road, Petersham 2049 or call us on 9188 8432 to make a booking with one of our experienced podiatrists.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
The team at Sole-Lution Podiatry