Posted by Jenn F. on Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Athlete’s foot. Yuck. It’s a fungus that grows on your feet and makes them hot, itchy, and miserable. The fungus thrives in warm, moist places–that’s how it gets its name, from locker rooms where the atmosphere is warm, sweaty, and wet, with damp shoes, damp feet, and damp towels everywhere you turn. It’s an eager little fungus, too. Step in a spot where someone with athlete’s foot just stepped and it will glom onto your feet, too. So let’s give this topic another yuck. No, make that a double.
You can prevent athlete’s foot by keeping your feet dry and by wearing shower shoes in places like locker rooms. Always dry your feet thoroughly after you take a bath or shower. Pay special attention to the area between your toes–that’s the favorite hangout for athlete’s foot. Make sure your shoes and socks are clean and dry.
If you do get athlete’s foot, though (and don’t feel bad, it is very common), there are plenty of over the counter remedies you can buy. However, if you are the type who feels embarrassed about checking out anti-fungal cream (“Price check for Your Feet Are Disgusting Ointment! Can I get a price check on this large tube of Your Feet Are Disgusting Ointment for this young man? Yeah, this one right here!”) or if you just prefer doing it yourself, here are some home remedies for athlete’s foot:
[Note: Whenever you are doing any kind of treatment on your feet during this trying time, don't touch anything else after you've touched your feet until you've washed your hands. This stuff will spread everywhere it can. Be clean and careful.]
Now onto the remedies:
Give any–or all of these methods a try and your athlete’s foot should clear up. Once it’s gone, keep it away by remembering to always wear some kind of shoes in locker rooms, at pools, and spas–even the swankiest, most exotic pool can be harboring athlete’s foot fungus. Don’t ruin your visit to, say, a lovely geothermal pool, by bringing back athlete’s foot as a souvenir. Do your best to keep your feet, shoes, and socks dry.
If, however, your problem doesn’t go away or you suspect something else is wrong, contact us at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Nadia Levy, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.