What is the Best Way to Treat Athlete’s Foot?
A low grade fungal infection called Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s foot) can cause very dry, flaky skin on the feet or cracks between the toes. This requires treatment with medicated cream such as Daktarin cream or Lamisil cream for about a month or ask your GP about taking Lamisil tablets. If one foot has dry flaky skin and cracked heels and the other does not, that is usually a good indicator of Tinea Pedis.
Tinea Pedis between the toes, on the other hand, can be identified by ‘mushy’ dead skin or wet cracks between the toes; treat with Lamisil or Daktarin cream. Avoid Lamisil Once; it claims to clear Tinea Pedis in one application but in reality this only last for a very short period so stick to applying the anti-fungal cream twice daily for about 8-10 days to eradicate the fungus. We now stock an antimicrobial spray called Clinisept+ which protects against Tinea Pedis when sprayed onto the foot and left for 5 mins daily (Bristow 2019).
And a third, less common, cause of cracked heels is maceration – where the skin becomes waterlogged after wearing wet socks for a long period; the modern day version of trench foot! If you are wearing the same pair of damp trainers every day the skin and nails become soggy and easily infected with bacteria or more likely, fungi. If you have 2 pairs of running shoes, alternate them in wet weather and allow one pair to dry in a warm place (not the clothes dryer – they may shrink) stuffed with absorbent paper.