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Anyone ever had athletes foot?(13 posts)

Anyone ever had athletes foot?ol
Jan 7, 2003 4:36 PM
Just wandering if anyone ever had this condition while riding. Whenever the weather is hot my feet feel like they are pedalling on coals. What steps would I have to take to get rid of this problem.
athlete's foot curesMr Good
Jan 7, 2003 10:08 PM
1. Try athlete's foot medication you can buy over-the-counter in a grocery or pharmacy. Also, keep your feet clean and dry, change your socks if they're sweaty.

2. Or go to the doctor, who can prescribe an extra-strength anti-fungal medicine to rub on your feet.

3. Realize that athletes foot is a fungus, it thrives in warm, moist conditions (like in your socks). The medicine works best if you keep feet clean and dry, so after your ride take a shower or bath right away, clean feet with soap and water, let 'em dry out--maybe even use a hair dryer on the "cool" setting, then apply medicine.

4. Shoes with better ventilation can help a lot...also try wearing different shoes instead of the same ones every day (not just cycling shoes, but your regular shoes too).

5. My home remedy: my athlete's foot always begins between my little toe and the one next to it, then spreads (this seems to be common). Instead of using medicine, I twist up a single sheet of toilet paper and put it between those two toes before putting on my sock and shoe. result: the paper absorbs and diffuses the moisture between the toes, allowing that area to remain drier, and I have no athletes foot anymore. Much better than buying medicine forever! Give it a try once you have the condition under control.
Do you have to put TP between your toes everyday?Kristin
Jan 8, 2003 6:43 AM
If so, then that means you never got rid of AF, it just is dormant, or controlled in your case. If it comes back when you stop doing your routine, then go see your doctor and get the pills. Then you can give up the whole routine. (One side note: You can not take the pills if you have liver problems, you can not take them for more than 30 days, and I think you can't get pregnant on them either--they are pretty strong medicine.) But they worked for me. Though you can catch the fungus again from another person. Always wear shoes in public places!!
office worker's feetthe flying bean
Jan 8, 2003 2:19 AM
Although my feet get hot when riding, the real killer for me was wearing closed in shoes for office work. My feet sweltered though I tried to freshen them up using surgical spirit (this will hurt if the skin is broken!).

If you pick or cut your toe nails too short, they are likely to get the infection which results in horrible looking thick toe nails. This happened to me so my doc put me on a 3 month period of medication which killed the infection along with athletes foot.

I find sedentary office work causes me the most grief - back ache, athletes foot, stress, eye strain etc whereas riding a bike has no ill-effects whatsoever (in 30 plus years at least)!
re: Anyone ever had athletes foot?JS Haiku Shop
Jan 8, 2003 6:20 AM
not a problem here, but for fungal infections (LOL!), heed what's already been posted, plus:

* if you work in an office (behind a desk), consider wearing loafers or slip-ons, and taking them off under the desk, allowing stocking-ed piggies to wiggle free. of course, put them back on before walking around.

* after your shower, only dab-dry (don't rub) feet and toes with a towel. follow-up with a hair dryer, set for non-hot air (cool or room temp air) to completely dry out the skin.

* after hair dryer, powder feet with either baby powder, or foot powder with anti-AF additives.

* ask your doc about an oral anti-fungal.

* careful! fungal infections spread easily. walking on shared shower or locker floors, not keeping your socks in quarintine, and using the same towel twice, can have ill effects. also be mindful when putting on your bloomers--that is the road to true suffering.

good luck.
Hmmm...You might need persecription pillsKristin
Jan 8, 2003 6:38 AM
I had agressive AF on one foot for several years. I'd treat it with Lotrimine, but it would come back full force and spread. It finally got to the point that my foot painful and my toenails were starting to look scary, so I saw my doctor about it. She told me that if the fungus gets under the toenail it can't be cured topically. I was perscribed an anti-fungal pill that I took for 30 days and I appear to be cured--though I'm still waiting for my toenails to grow all the way out.

If it hurts that much for you, I'm guessing its gone untreated for several years. You can tell if the fungis is under your toenails because the nail will become slightly yellow and much thicker than normal. Also, the end of the nail will no longer separate itself from the skin. They sort of grow out together, staying attached; so cutting them is almost impossible. If its under the toe, go see your doctor. If its not, then try Lotrimine (the oil) for 8 weeks, and change your socks twice a day. If it comes back after that, go see your doctor.

Also, its weird, but you can spread AF to your scalp (gross) and the pills did not clear that up for me. You can tell if your scalp is affected by scratching your head. If you get some white residue under your nails, then tell you doctor. He/she can perscribe a medicated shampoo to treat it. (Don't try any over the counter dandruff or med shampoos, they do nothing.)
re: Anyone ever had athletes foot?jtolleson
Jan 8, 2003 10:05 AM
This condition is a CONSTANT struggle for me, and has been particularly recurrent on my left foot after it spent 16 weeks in a cast.

Also the advice above is excellent. For over-the-counter drugs I find the powders are superior to creams and sprays. It is much drier. The creams just tend to slime an area that needs NOT to be slimy.

I wear women's dress shoes with nylons to the office, which is a big culprit, as are plastic ski boots. My bike shoes are the least of my problems, but the synthetic socks that I ride with are not as good as cotton for this condition it seems.

Very diligent between toe soaping, plus drying, plus powders, plus going barefoot as much as possible.
now ,don't laugh...quadzilla1
Jan 8, 2003 4:48 PM
I read in a medical journal one time that urinating (yes, urinating) on your feet while in the shower cures athlete's foot. Something in the urine kills the fungus fast. I've never had it...but worth a try & it's free. Just don't tell anyone!!
Oh my (nm)Kristin
Jan 9, 2003 5:58 AM
Jan 8, 2003 5:03 PM, also Lotrimin® and NEVER sleep with your socks on....
(You may also want to try some Smartwool® me, they won't itch [Merino wool] and they'll be absolutely dry after a 95°F ride) I hope this helps...
re: Anyone ever had athletes foot?curlybike
Jan 9, 2003 8:46 AM
I had that problem and went to my Dr. and he gave me the Lotrimin cream and also said to soak my feet 1-2 times a day in a very hot, strong soloution of Epsom salts water for about 20-30 minutes each time, adding hot water from a pot that was heated before the start, as the soak cooled. Keep it HOT! I said, yeah, okay and just used the medicine and skipped the soaks. Went back a month later, little change. He ate my @ss, in a typical screaming Chinese doctor manner, for not soaking my feet as he directed. So, I did, and a week later, all better and no return of the problem. That was 10 years ago minimum. So give that a try, it's cheap and it really worked for me. Your results may vary ( typical disclaimer)
No, but I've had gonorhea of the toe ;-b -nmgrzy
Jan 9, 2003 11:36 AM
Now we know who from RBR not to shower with. ;-) nmKristin
Jan 9, 2003 12:34 PM