Athlete’s foot doesn’t rank up there with cancer and heart disease for its tragic effects, but it is an ugly, irritating skin infection that bothers countless runners.
Once your feet begin to itch between the toes you know something is developing that isn’t good. Next, your feet get very dry and the skin cracks between your toes. Yuck. Welcome to the wonderful world of athlete’s foot.
Medically, it’s known by its formal name as “tinea pedis”. Regardless of what it’s called, athlete’s foot is actually a fungal infection of the toes and soles. This infection develops easily in a moist, dark, warm place such as your sock-covered runner’s feet. Feet are the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot as they have more than 250,000 sweat glands.
Making matters worse, athlete’s foot is highly contagious and is easily spread via clothes, dirty towels or contaminated floors.
Fortunately, athlete’s foot is easily treatable with numerous over-the-counter remedies or you can do it yourself.
Try one of these home remedies for athlete’s foot:
- Reduce the itching. Dissolve one pack of Domeboro powder or two tablespoons of Burow’s Solution in one pint of cold water. Soak a cotton cloth in the mixture and apply it your feet three or four times a day for 10-15 minutes to lessen the itching and dry sores.
- Soften the skin. Mix two teaspoons of salt per pint of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. This will reduce excessive perspiration and soften the cracked skin between your toes.
- Over the counter treatments. Use these creams sparingly when applied to the affected area. Use once a day until the symptoms are gone.
- Massage your feet. Use some skin cream and apply a light layer to your feet and massage it into the skin. Then, sprinkle baking soda onto the feet.
To prevent athlete’s foot, try these tips:
- While in a locker room, always wear sandals or flip flops. Make sure you also wear them in the shower room and/or around the pool.
- Keep your feet clean and dry at all times of the day.
- Wear high quality running socks.
- Never wear dirty, wet socks.
- Don’t wear wet running shoes.
- After running, remove the insoles and dry them out before running again.
- Use an antiperspirant on your feet before running.
- Powder your feet with baby powder or anti-fungal cream. Sprinkle some more foot powder or talcum powder in your shoes.
- Dry your feet thoroughly. Never put socks on over wet feet.