Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection of the skin that often includes itching and burning of the feet. Wearing shoes that do not allow adequate air circulation within the shoe is often the cause of athlete's foot. Most commonly this includes waterproof shoes made of materials that can include heavy leather or rubber. Symptoms include chronic itching and burning as well as redness and scaling of the skin.
Treatment options include soaking the feet in Epsom salt and water twice a day for thirty minutes, regularly changing the shoes and allowing the feet to air out to dry adequately, avoidance of wearing waterproof, leather or rubber shoes, wearing thick, white socks, and most effectively, the use of antifungal creams and lotions. In my opinion the most effective over-the-counter antifungal cream is Lamisil, which is available at most drug stores. Should the condition not respond with these treatments then evaluation may be warranted.
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