September 26th, 2022
by STRIDE Team
The most common fungal infection of the feet is athlete’s foot (also called tinea pedis), symptoms include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging, and burning. People with athlete’s foot can have moist, raw skin between their toes, which causes burning, itching and smelly feet.
. Nail fungus is another type of fungal infection affecting the feet. It can lead to brittle, discolored and thick and unsightly toenails. Both of these infections can be spread through contaminated surfaces and if left untreated can lead to more serious infections. The best way to prevent fungal infections on the feet is to keep your feet dry. The fungus thrives in warm, wet environments like the inside of sweaty shoes. Wash your feet daily. Use soap and water and make sure to dry thoroughly, especially in between your toes. Wear shower shoes or flip flops in locker rooms or pool decks.
However, you may not be able to avoid all situations in which your feet are exposed to fungus. You may wear damp socks or tight-fitting shoes, or walk bare feet on a contaminated floor, and thus get a fungal infection on your feet. If you experience symptoms of infection, most patients will run to the pharmacy to see if they can purchase an over the counter medication and for the most part these work pretty well for a mild case of athlete’s foot. If after a few days of treatment you do not see some improvements, you may want to consult your doctor to get a stronger prescription strength medication. With good hygiene and the right medication, most patients are able to resolve athlete’s foot.
Toenail fungus infections tend to be a lot harder to cure and even when you do see improvement after treatment, they tend to come back unless completely cured. Most of the over the counter medications that you can pick-up without a prescription don’t really work unless its a very superficial infection. The best course of action is really to see a doctor, who can prescribe a medication or combination of medications. Even these prescription medications have a variable rate of success, with topical treatments showing cure rates below 50%. Mostly, fungal infections on the feet do not spread beyond the skin, and if minor, natural remedies can help you get relief. Here are some useful tips for treating foot fungal infections.
After the fungal infection on your feet is completely cured, prevent its recurrence by keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing shoes that let your feet breathe, and keeping your toenails trimmed and clean. Follow a good foot care routine that includes soothing and nourishing your feet few times a week, if not daily.
STRIDE foot care products can give your feet the nourishment and pampering they need. Foot products by STRIDE are infused with some amazing natural ingredients that keep your feet soft, glowing and healthy. The STRIDE foot care cream has coconut oil which is known for having antifungal and antibacterial properties, and some other ingredients that can help fight foot fungus. Include Foot Care Products in your daily foot care regime and keep foot infections and other common foot problems at bay. Give your feet the care they deserve, and restore their health and beauty.