I broke my ankle about three years ago in a car accident. I followed all of the doctor's instructions as my ankle healed, but something didn't heal quite right. Two and a half years later, I was still having severe pain and my doctor couldn't figure out why. He suggested that I see a podiatrist to have it looked at more closely. It turns out that there is a lot more to an ankle injury than I had known. Scroll through my site to find out what can really happen to your ankle when it is broken and what could cause the pain to continue long after the injury is sustained.
Generally, doctors recommend treating athlete's foot with anti-fungal creams or powders that are sold over-the-counter. However, if you are allergic to these or have a health condition that warrants not using them, you will have to rely on natural treatment of your athlete's foot. Follow these steps, and your feet will be fungus-free in no time:
Step 1: Hydrogen Peroxide Soak
Hydrogen peroxide is available over-the-counter in a 3% solution. It's a mild, safe treatment that most anyone can tolerate, and it will kill off a lot of the fungus that's causing your athlete's foot. All you have to do to make a peroxide foot soak is pour a couple of cups of hydrogen peroxide into a tub or water. Soak your feet for a few minutes, and repeat this process twice per day until the infection is completely cleared up.
Step 2: Dust With Cornstarch
After you're done soaking your feet, dry them off with a clean towel. Then, dust them with cornstarch. This will absorb the moisture, which will make it harder for the fungi to replicate. You can carry some cornstarch with you to re-apply it throughout the day. Apply new cornstarch after each foot soaking session.
Step 3: Air Them Out
Do not wear closed shoes when you have athlete's foot. Instead, wear sandals, as these allow your feet to breath. If you must wear closed-toe shoes for work, take your feet out every few hours to let them dry out and breathe.
Step 4: Wash Everything
Give your shower and bathtub a thorough scrub, in case the athlete's foot fungi are lingering in there, waiting to re-infect you. Also, wash all of your socks in hot water with a little bleach to kill the fungi. Wash your shoes with some bleach alternative, and let them dry thoroughly before you wear them again. You should also wash your sheets, any mats you may have stood on barefoot, and any towels you have recently used to dry your feet. Wash these in hot water with plenty of detergent, and bleach or bleach alternative whenever possible.
Give these tips a week or two to take effect. You should notice that the lesions and blisters between your toes slowly begin to heal. Be consistent with your foot baths, cornstarch use, and airing out your feet. If you fail to see an improvement, consult a podiatry center like Center for Foot Care for more personalized treatment suggestions.Share
29 April 2015