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Athletes Foot on Heels

Athletes Foot on Heels

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a contagious skin condition that can occur at the same time as other fungal skin infections such as ringworm, jock itch or nail fungus.  Athlete's foot is also known as a superficial dermatophyte - meaning it grows in the superficial layers of skin.

How is athlete's foot spread?

Our skin is constantly being shed, dropping off in tiny pieces all the time. It can be  picked up on the bare feet of others and they can become infected too if there is athlete's foot.

What are the symptoms of athlete's foot on the heels?

  • An irritating persistent itching of the skin on the feet.
  • As the infection progresses, the skin grows soft with the center of the infection becoming inflamed and sensitive to the touch.
  • The edges of the infected area become milky white with peeling skin and perhaps a slight watery discharge.

How to treat athlete's foot on the heels?

  • Start treatment immediately and you can avoid athlete's foot becoming too stubborn to heal easily. 
  • Prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal medication can be used or go the safer, natural route and use a herbal anti-fungal remedy available online.
  • Continue the treatment for an extra week or two, as the infection can remain in your system for some time and can easily return.
  • Refrain from scratching athlete’s foot as when the skin is injured, bacteria can invade. 

How to prevent athlete's foot on the heels?

  • Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing or swimming.
  • Wear sandals or flip-flops at the pool, gym or other public place.
  • Change your socks often to keep your feet dry.
  • Use anti-fungal or drying powders if you are susceptible to getting it.
  • Wear shoes that are well ventilated and made of natural materials.

Athlete's foot infections range from mild to severe, but they generally respond well to treatment.

Athletes foot can spread to the heels, and in some cases is mistaken for 'dry' or 'cracking' feet.

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