Natural Ways to Cure Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is one of the most annoying and uncomfortable conditions. The little sores on the creases of the toes sting, burn, and generally make walking around unpleasant. Throughout my years in the health food business, I learned of some very effective natural ways to fight this problem inexpensively, I learned these from an old publication of “Whole Foods” magazine one night when business was slow. These options are much more cost-effective than some of the antifungal ointments and medications that are over the counter, moreover, if you are well-versed with all these methods [google_bot_show][/google_bot_show]we want your experience at our Podiatry Center in NJ. 

Tea Tree Oil

This natural oil is a great antiseptic and anti-fungal. You can apply a thin layer of it over the affected areas on your feet in the evening before bed and cover them with socks for the entire night. Do this for 3-5 days or until you feel that the sores have resolved.


This might smell strong, but chopping some garlic and putting it inside some socks overnight is a very effective way to rid yourself of an athlete’s foot. Try this for as long as it takes for you to notice some improvement. Usually after a few days you’ll begin to feel some relief. I told my husband about this. He loves garlic and doesn’t mind the smell. He was surprised to find that this did improve his Athlete’s foot, along with keeping his feet dry and powdered.

Salt Soak

This is a great way to get rid of foot fungus and therefore prevent athlete’s foot, but it can be harsh on open sores, so you don’t want to do this with open skin. Just add 2 teaspoons of salt per pint of warm water. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes and dry well. Powder your feet afterward to keep them dry. As I said, this is a great way to prevent Athlete’s foot, so you could do this a couple of times weekly to avoid any problems with foot fungus if you tend to experience Athlete’s foot more often.

Pau D’ Arco Foot Soak

This is an herbal remedy that’s widely known for its anti-fungal properties. I found out about it from some of my customers from my health food store. They swore by this concoction Just make a large portion of the tea. You can use bags or loose tea. I always found the bags to be easier. I would make a large pot of hot water (around a gallon or so) and then add 8-10 tea bags and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags, and allow the water to become warm rather than hot from heating it. Then soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Do this for 3-5 days or until your feet improve.

Baking Soda Paste

Make a paste from baking soda, and apply it to the affected areas on your feet. Cover your feet with socks overnight. In the morning wash your feet. This is an easy effective home remedy and from my own experience seems to work well.

Hopefully these ideas will save you some money on expensive anti-fungal cremes and other medications to rid yourself of this problem. These ideas are easy to prepare and used consistently will be helpful to improve the Athlete’s Foot fungus.