The most common cause of itchy feet is Athlete’s Foot or Tinea Pedis, a form of fungal infection that affects the skin of our feet. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments (like our shoes and socks) and are commonly passed in settings like pool changing rooms or other places people are barefoot.
Tinea most commonly presents between our toes (in the form of white, wrinkled skin), as red, peeling regions of skin on our soles and arches or as individual red angry lesions. In all cases the skin becomes very itchy and at times inflamed as well.
Treatment involves managing the skin itself by drying it thoroughly after showers, keeping it dry using alcohol or talcum powder, and applying topical antifungal creams to kill the involved microbes. It is also important to identify how you acquired the infection and make the necessary changes to reduce your risk of getting it again.
If you are worried about a persistent fungal infection call (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of podiatrists, and together we’ll make a plan to rid it for good.