Improvement of toe deformity is the key to athlete's foot treatment!

Commentary by a toe doctor

Keiro Yuasa

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Toes, Director of Toe Research Institute, President of the Japanese Society of Functional Foot and Toe Therapy, and developer of Halmek shoes. Former director, vice president, and medical director of General Hospital. His specialties are exercise physiology and anatomy. He is also a foot and shoe specialist and a leading expert in postural occlusion therapy. He has cured various orthopedic diseases (over 70,000 people) with toe therapy alone.


General Information

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot. In most cases, the fungal infection occurs on the soles of the feet and between the toes. Athlete's foot is a common health problem and can persist for a long time without proper care and attention. This condition can be difficult to treat and may recur after treatment.

Athlete's foot is contagious, and it is believed that people become infected with ringworm by touching an infected person or walking on damp floors in locker rooms, public showers, and other high-traffic areas. In reality, however, the fungus lives on many surfaces, including the skin. The cause of infection is a combination of a weakened immune system (there are many possible causes) and a foot environment (warm, dark, moist environment) in which the fungus is likely to thrive.

In some cases, athlete's foot may be caused by bacteria rather than fungi. Bacteria-related athlete's foot may require antibiotics rather than antifungal medications. Certain health problems, such as psoriasis and dermatitis, may look like athlete's foot but will not improve with antifungal medications.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common causes (or contributing factors) of athlete's foot include

  • Decreased immunity
  • excessive sweating
  • Minor skin or nail injuries
  • Wearing shoes or socks that put pressure on the toes
  • The insoles are made of slippery material.
  • Wearing socks made of slippery material
  • He wears socks in layers.
  • Keep feet wet for extended periods of time

Athlete's foot is often caused by wearing tight-fitting shoes, boots, socks or stockings. Closed-toe footwear causes feet to sweat easily, creating a warm, moist environment that encourages the growth of fungi. Athletes are especially susceptible to athlete's foot because their feet and shoes sweat during practice and competition.

Recently, it has become widely recognized that fungal skin infections can cause fungal infections of the toenails. Fungal infections of the nails, commonly referred to as onychomycosis, cause thickening, discoloration, inward bending, and painful symptoms. Diabetics should be especially aware of athlete's foot. This is because the fungal skin damage associated with this health problem can lead to bacterial infection and possible amputation. This can lead to a life-threatening situation.

Mechanism of athlete's foot deformity

Deformed toesThe mechanism of athlete's foot to do is mainly related to the following factors.

First,Deformed toesThis creates spaces between the skin, where moisture and perspiration can easily accumulate. Such an environment increases the risk of developing athlete's foot because it is easier for the athlete's foot fungus to multiply.Toe deformitySkin swellings and bumps occur in these areas due toblood circulation failureThis can cause the As a result, the skin's immune system is compromised, making it more susceptible to infection by athlete's foot fungus.

Also,Toe deformityToenails are also easily deformed by the When the nails are deformed, gaps are created between the nails, where athlete's foot fungus can easily penetrate. In addition, deformed nails also increase the likelihood of damage to the skin under and around the nail. This damaged skin is more likely to be invaded by athlete's foot fungus, leading to the development of athlete's foot.

Toe deformitycan also have a negative impact on foot health. Deformed toes can overload the foot structure, unevenly distributing the load on the foot. This overload can strain the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the foot, causing foot fatigue and pain. The result of persistent foot fatigue and pain is a limitation of gait and movement,Decreased blood circulation in legsThis can easily lead to the development of athlete's foot. Deterioration of blood circulation can lead to a decrease in the skin's immune function, a factor that promotes the development of athlete's foot.

Toe deformitychanges the skeletal and muscular shape of the foot, which can also adversely affect foot health.Deformed toesputs stress on the plantar tendon membrane and plantar fascia, which are responsible for supporting the arch of the foot, increasing the likelihood that these tissues will become inflamed. Inflammation of the plantar tendon membrane and plantar fascia not only causes pain and swelling in the foot, but may also interfere with walking and exercise. Persistent foot pain and swelling limits walking and exercise,Poor circulation in the legsand skin immune dysfunction, which may increase the risk of athlete's foot.

Athlete's foot can be caused by the material of the socks

Slippery material (Silken pure cotton, silk, and synthetic fibers) socks create friction between the foot and the shoe, and as the foot rubs against the shoe, frictional heat is generated and moisture and sweat can easily accumulate. This creates an environment in which the skin on the feet can easily become steamy, and mold and fungi can easily grow, leading to athlete's foot. It is important to note that slippery socks can also cause deformed toes.

In addition, socks made of slippery material are not breathable, and moisture and perspiration can easily evaporate, making it easier for fungi and bacteria to grow. This makes the skin of the feet more vulnerable to damage and increases the likelihood that athlete's foot will develop from there.

Therefore, to prevent athlete's foot, breathable and,Socks made of non-slip materialIt is important to choose the right shoes and to pay attention to regular shoe and foot cleanliness.

Athlete's foot is caused by the way the shoes are worn.

When shoe laces become loose, the foot is not firmly secured in the shoe and can easily slip inside the shoe. In this case, the foot rubs or scrapes against the shoe, and the frictional heat can irritate and damage the skin of the foot. When this damaged skin remains moist, the growth of mold and bacteria is promoted, causing athlete's foot.

Therefore, it is important to tie the laces of the shoes securely to hold the feet in place. Also, do not let your feet slip in the shoes,Socks made of non-slip materialIt is also important to reduce friction by properly wearing


Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin, particularly common between the toes and on the nails. Athlete's foot is generally treated with antifungal drugs and fungicides, but recently a newer method ofYOSHIRO SOCKSand ... andgymnastics (esp. at Hironoba Gymnastics)is attracting attention.

Exercises that restore the normal position of the toes are effective in improving athlete's foot. By increasing the distance between toes, you can provide support between the toes. Orientation of the toes is also important,Proper toe positionand keep the interdigital spaces between the toes in a normal state.


YOSHIRO SOCKSis the formation of the foot andposture correctionThe design is suitable forCorrect position of toesThe system can be kept in theYOSHIRO SOCKSare socks made of a special (non-slip, moisture-absorbing and quick-drying) fiber that removes moisture between the toes, thereby preventing the growth of fungi, the cause of athlete's foot. They are more breathable than regular socks and have antibacterial properties, making them effective in preventing and improving athlete's foot.

YOSHIRO SOCKS designed to keep toes in proper position
To reduce stress on the Achilles tendon, it is important to have open toes.

gymnastics (esp. at Hironoba Gymnastics)

Also,gymnastics (esp. at Hironoba Gymnastics)is an exercise to make the areas between the toes and between the nails flexible. This exercise promotes blood circulation between the toes and prevents fungal growth. In addition, strengthening the muscles in the soles of the feet reduces the load on the feet when walking, which can also improve symptoms of athlete's foot.

The proper way to do Hironoba Exercises

In other words, the best way to improve athlete's foot is to maintain correct foot and toe position.YOSHIRO SOCKSand ... andgymnastics (esp. at Hironoba Gymnastics)It is important to use accessories and programs such as Combining these methods can help maintain overall foot health. With proper care and training, healthy feet can be maintained.

YOSHIRO SOCKSand ... andgymnastics (esp. at Hironoba Gymnastics)can effectively treat athlete's foot when used in conjunction with conventional treatments. If you have symptoms of athlete's foot between your toes or on your nails, please give it a try. Finding the right treatment for your condition will help you keep your feet comfortable.

Keiro Yuasa
Doctor of Toe (Physical Therapist)
Leading expert in toe research. Physical therapist. Director of the Toe Research Institute. President of the Japanese Society of Functional Toe Therapy. Developer of Hironoba Gymnastics, YOSHIRO SOCKS, YOSHIRO INSOLE, and Halmek shoes. Conducted research at the University of Tokyo and International University of Health and Welfare. Former director, vice president, medical director, and head of the day-care rehabilitation center at General Hospital. Author of numerous books. He has appeared on "Gaia no Yoake (Dawn of Gaia)," "NHK Gatten," "NHK BS New Common Sense of Beauty and Youth," "NHK Sakidori," and many other TV programs, and has written many books, including "Grab Your Toes in Just 5 Minutes and Your Hips and Back Will Never Swing Again! (PHP Publishing Co., Ltd.) and many others.

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