What is athletes foot?
Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin that can occur on any part of the foot including in between the toes. This short video below on athletes foot shows some of the typical features of the infection.
How would I know that I have an infection?
Surprisingly. athletes foot does not always cause itchiness, although itchiness is one of the symptoms. It may just look like dry skin around the heel, arch or toes of the foot that does not improve with moisturisers. If it occurs between the toes, it is usually between toe number 4 and 5 and may look soggy, white or red and have peeling skin that causes an irritation. The signs and symptoms almost always become worse when one wears closed shoes for the entire day. This is one of the reasons why it is also common in individuals who work long office hours.
Fungal infections of the skin of the foot frequently spreads to the nails causing a condition known as onychomycosis. Nail infections are very difficult to treat and could take up to a year of treatments before healing.
How to prevent athletes foot?
Keeping the skin on your feet free from infections can be a tough task. Follow these simple steps to avoid fungal infections on your feet.
1. Always wear flip-flop sandals inside gym showers, changing rooms, around swimming pools, nail salons and reflexology places.
2. Never share shoes and sandals.
3. Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and water upon exiting a swimming pool and dry them meticulously. Children should especially do so.
4. Shoes that are regularly worn for many hours during the day should be dried out in direct sunlight weekly.
5. Ensure that your nail salon uses sterile instruments or take your own.
Visit us if you suspect that you may have a fungal foot infection.