tinea pedis

What is Moccasin Tinea Pedis?

Moccasin tinea pedis is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on your feet.  It is a common cause of dry, itchy, scaly skin on the soles of the feet.  70% of the population may be affected by Athlete’s foot at some point in their life.

People are most familiar with athlete’s foot between the toes, however, another common fungal infection is moccasin tinea pedis.  Mocassin tinea pedis is usually caused by the same species of fungus responsible for athlete’s foot.  However, it presents slightly differently, whereby the sole and either side of the foot will be affected by a dry, scaly and slightly red appearance. 

 

 

Managing Moccasin Tinea Pedis

As fungus thrives in dark, moist and warm environments, therefore it is essential to firstly address these factors by:

  • Wearing well-fitting footwear made from breathable materials
  • Rotating shoes every other day
  • Wearing cotton socks
  • Drying feet thoroughly after washing
  • Washing socks at a high temperature to destroy any lingering fungal spores

Following this, a good regime of using topical antifungals is advised:

  • Antifungal cream in conjunction with a urea based moisturiser is recommended for the soles and borders of the feet
  • Antifungal spray/powder can be helpful for treating footwear

Finally, it is advisable to not share towels/bathmats/footwear due to risk of transmission to other people.

In most cases, this will clear the fungal infection. However, if there are no signs of improvement then it would be worth speaking to your podiatrist or GP. Your GP may prescribe a topical steroid or, in cases of extensive infection, oral antifungals. Nevertheless, this is usually not required and continuing with this regime, recommended in the NICE Guidelines, is proven to resolve and prevent future fungal infections.

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