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Healthy Foot Tips 5: Athlete’s Foot

Today is part five of a new blog series called Healthy Feet Tips. In this series, I’ll be writing on several issues that plague our poor aching feet.  On average, depending on your mobility, we take 5,000 daily steps, we stand for long periods of time, and we often wear ill fitting footwear. What I’d like to share with you today is how we can give our feet some tender loving care.  Today’s topic is about Athlete’s Foot.

What causes Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea Pedis or Athlete’s Foot may be caught by anyone; you don’t have to be an athlete or sports enthusiast to get it.  It’s a fungal infection that forms in warm, dark, humid environments.  In people it  typically erupts between the toes when our feet become very sweaty in snug fitting shoes. Symptoms include a scaly rash that causes itching, stinging, and burning. This fungus is contagious that can be spread by coming in contact with contaminated clothing (socks, towels, bedding) and through shared surfaces like dressing room floors, benches, showers, locker rooms, etc.

Help me! How do I treat it?

Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications.  But, the infection often recurs. Prescription medications also are available by seeing your doctor. A simple way to avoid getting this ailment is to bathe your feet in this easy-to-make foot soak remedy. The important part of this remedy is to alternatively plunge your feet into warm and then cold water to reduce excessive perspiration.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 Foot basins;
  • 4 Black tea bags (or other tea with tannic acids);
  • 3 Tablespoons sea salt;
  • ¼ Cup apple cider vinegar;
  • Juice of 2 lemons;
  • Lemon slices (optional);
  • Handful of fresh peppermint leaves;
  • 8 to 12 Ice cubes;
  • Peppermint foot spray;
  • Talcum powder.

How to Make the Foot Soak:

Empty the contents of the tea bags into a foot basin and fill with boiling water, salt and vinegar. Fill a separate basin with cold water, lemon juice, peppermint leaves, and ice. Allow the hot water to cool slightly. Soak your feet in the warm water for approximately 10 minutes, then in the cold water for 3 to 5 minutes.  Dry feet and apply foot spray and talcum powder.

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

I acknowledge that this image is borrowed from Welcome Cure on November 21, 2016. Thank you!


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