Athlete's Foot Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on May 22, 2022

Self-Care at Home


  • Many over-the-counter antifungal medications can be applied to the affected area. These creams should be used sparingly but regularly, at least once a day. An application the size of a chocolate chip should be adequate to cover the entire bottom of your foot.
  • It is important to keep your feet clean and dry. Wear moisture wicking socks made of synthetic fibers such as breathable nylon mesh, merino wool, or polyester. Fibers that “wick” draw moisture from the surface of your skin and release it into the air, keeping the fibers and your feet dry and comfortable. 
  • If possible, remove the insoles of shoes and sneakers to allow them to dry out overnight.
  • Dusting the inside of your shoes and socks with talcum powder or a medicated powder such as Desenex will help to decrease the moisture level.
  • Alternate wearing different pairs of shoes to allow them to dry out for a day or two at a time.