Health Conditions A – D

Athelete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a skin condition that is one of the most commonly infected fungal skin conditions.  The fungi tend to favour a wet, warm, humid environment, thus growing in areas such as in between toes and nails.   Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and can be transferred as easily as touching an infected person’s foot.  Many contract the infection by walking barefoot on infected floors such as swimming pools and gym locker rooms.  The fungi then creates a home in your shoes where it thrives due to the tight warm space. 

Symptoms can range from:

  • Scaly Skin
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Blisters
  • Dryness
  • Painful, burning sensation
  • Sweaty feet
  • Odour


The cause of athlete’s foot can range from a various symptoms.  They include indirect contract through infected surfaces, bed sheets, towels, slippers, and also wearing tight shoes.  People also with weakened immune system are more susceptible to contracting Athlete’s Foot as well

Orthodox Approach:

Main source of treatment of Athlete’s Foot would be over the counter topical creams such as clotrimazole, econazole, ketoconazole, etc.  Oral medication can also be administered such as griseofulvin and itroconazole. 

IMI Approach:

Naturopathic Approach:

Naturopath’s approach to treating Athlete’s Foot will come from both the application of topical creams and also by looking at the diet of the individual.  Naturopaths can create a natural topical cream to be applied using ingredients such as tea tree oil, thyme oil, eucalyptus oil, and Calendula flower.  A naturopath will also look into cleaning up a client’s diet to boost immunity and to fight off the infection from the inside. 

Homeopathic Approach:

Homeopaths can administer certain herbal ingredients to help fight the specific symptoms of Athlete’s Foot that the client may be encountering.  Some ingredients for references are: Alumnia for brittle nails & burning sensation, Anatherum Muricatum for swelling, pain, and deformed nails, Echinacea roots to help get rid of the infections in the body, and Silicea for the itching of the skin.  As with any homeopathic medicine, the practitioner will look into your symptoms individually and provide a remedy that best suits your symptoms.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient healing traditions originating in Taoist philosophy.  The key concept is that each of the major organ systems has to circulate Qi to be in harmony.  TCM includes well-established techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, specialist massage etc.  In the case of athlete’s foot, traditional Chinese herbs will be administered in the form of foot soaks, drying powder, and topical natural non-steroid cream.