Foot disorders are a leading cause of acute and short term disability in the general adult population. From ingrown toenails to athlete’s foot, many adults struggle to find remedies to improve foot health naturally.
Athlete’s foot, a common fungal infection of the feet, is preventable and treatable, in most cases, naturally. Most commonly attributed to excessively sweaty feet, poor footwear ventilation or even wearing tight shoes, athlete’s foot is an irritating and complicating foot disorder when not treated promptly.
Of course, the most obvious form of prevention for athlete’s foot is to clean and dry feet daily and use properly fitting footwear. For some athlete’s foot sufferers, even these simple preventions do not remedy the complication of athlete’s foot.
To treat an athlete’s foot, many homeopathic healthcare professionals will recommend a variety of natural healing options. First, many homeopathic healthcare providers are recommending regular foot baths using cinnamon as the key ingredient to very warm water. Cinnamon, it is believed, will slow the growth of fungi and mold, leading to a slowed development of athlete’s foot.
In addition to cinnamon foot baths, many athlete’s foot sufferers will also opt to externally apply herbal remedies including goldenseal, myrrh, oregano oil and even calendula. In addition, applications of essential oils including peppermint and chamomile have shown to provide some relief.
In addition to chamomile essential oils and foot baths, athlete’s foot sufferers can also be treated with the same remedies commonly used in treating other foot conditions. Using vitamin A, B, C and E, the athlete’s foot sufferer will find the itching and irritation is reduced progressively, however these vitamins are more effective at the prevention of athlete’s foot.
In addition to remedies for the fungal infection, in the treatment of symptoms of athlete’s foot, consider the use of acupuncture. Within acupuncture medicine, it is believed foot pain stems from the spleen meridian. As a result, the acupuncturist will commonly focus on the spleen meridian area to improve foot health and reduce swelling while your natural approaches do their job at fighting the fungal infection.
As with any foot disorder, the key to optimal health outcomes lies in the prevention, early detection and diagnosis. When suffering from athlete’s foot, get rid of shoes that do not fit appropriately and socks that are not moisture absorbent, boost your vitamin intake, use foot baths on a regular basis and apply essential oils as needed. In doing so, you should be able to not only remedy athlete’s foot naturally but also prevent, to some extent, the frequency of future outbreaks.