Tinea and Athletes Foot

Athlete’s foot or tinea is a fungal infection that readily affects the foot either with or without an associated yeast infection. Generally tinea infections are passed from person to person in such situations as communal showers pools or anywhere where there are people barefoot.

For a fungal infection to exist on a foot there must first be the appropriate conditions such as a moist, dark and warm environment. This is of course the environment inside most shoes.


Athlete’s foot is generally presents in 3 different ways, which are,
  • Interdigital (between the toes) maceration of the toe spaces,
  • Episodic acute vesicle eruption on the soles of the feet,
  • Dry red scales on the soles of the feet.

Due to the nature of most dermatological conditions athletes foot can be difficult to diagnose. A skin scraping and culture can be helpful in the diagnosis.

Treatment of a fungal infection is usually based around changing the environment surrounding the foot to make the conditions for growth unfavourable and the application of a topical antifungal.

Thoroughly drying the feet after showering and applying methylated spirits to dry the foot followed by antifungal dusting powder can be helpful. Also alternating footwear to allow it to dry and airing the feet to allow them to dry helps to reduce the moisture inside the shoe.


The application of an antifungal preparation is the most effective method of treatment of athlete’s foot. Preparations that treat both yeast and fungal infections are best. These are preparations such as Lamasil cream can be found over the counter at your pharmacist.

Oral preparations of antifungals are available however these are considered unacceptable for the first line of treatment due to their possible toxicity. These are usually reserved for treatment of stubborn fungal infections.



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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm