Staying ahead of athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet. It is also known as tinea pedis or ringworm of the foot.
Athlete’s foot is an extremely common skin disorder with 70% people developing the infection at some time during their life.
The fungus that causes this itchy rash thrives in the warm, dark, wet environment between your toes. The key is keeping your feet dry.
• Select well-ventilated shoes
Wear sandals, leather shoes or athletic styles with ventilation
holes that allow feet to breathe. Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials, such as vinyl or rubber.
• Alternate shoes
Don’t wear the same pair every day. Change wet shoes imme- diately. Don’t store out-of-season styles in plastic.
• Protect your feet in high-risk areas
Wear waterproof sandals or shoes around public pools, showers and locker rooms.
• Wear acrylic socks
When wearing closed-toe shoes, wear socks made of synthetic
fibers such as acrylic or polypropylene that wick away mois- ture. Cotton socks tend to absorb moisture from your feet.
• Change damp socks
If your feet sweat, change your socks twice a day.
• Use antifungal medications
For recurring infections, use an antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF), terbinafine (Lamisil-AT) or miconazole (Micatin, Zeasorb-AF). If an infection lasts longer than four weeks, see your doctor.