Nursing Interventions for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common skin inflammation of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet.           athletes_foot_toe

  • Perform a physical exam and identify the source of problem and discuss treatment options.
  • Recommend proper foot hygiene and methods to minimize perspiration.
  • Recommend a topical anti-fungal medication.
  • Recommend footwear and over-the-counter products that protect the feet from re-infection.
  • Advice patient to keep shoes and socks dry as a preventative measure
  • Instruct patient to wear cotton or wool socks to help wick moisture
  • Teach patient to practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing of the feet with soap and water
  • Administer fungal foot sprays
  • Be sure to dry the patient’s feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, and remove dead or thickened skin carefully before applying medicines (sprays / powders / ointments).
  • Teach the client to keep his feet as dry as possible, including the area between the toes.
  • Small pieces of cotton can be placed between the toes at night to absorb moisture.
  • Socks should be made of absorbent white cotton because synthetic material does not absorb perspiration.
  • Instruct the client to apply talcum powder or antifungal powder twice daily.
  • Instruct the client to alternate shoes so they can dry completely before being worn again.
  • Monitor for marked pain, pronounced skin changes such as spreading to other areas, extreme redness, oozing, extreme cracking, or other persistent problems.

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