Athlete’s Foot



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated © Dennis Rocke 2022


Or tinea pedis is a very common infection and is easily acquired from infected scales of skin dropped on the floor of changing rooms and shower baths. It is a fungus and lives in the damp softened skin between the toes, particularly in the space between the fourth and little toes. From there it may spread onto the upper surface of the foot and the sole, causing small blisters. It usually causes little or no problem but in hot weather it can give rise to blisters on the palms and in between the fingers.

Cure is not easy and re-infection is common. Skin may be damaged and allow other harmful organisms to invade the body. Toes should always be dried carefully and communal bath mats should be avoided whenever possible. Fungicidal ointments used twice daily usually help most sufferers and use should be continued for at least a month after the condition has evidently healed.

A drug called Griseofulvin has been prescribed by GPs. This drug is taken by mouth and is eventually taken up by the skin. Keratin (The skin is one of the most important organs of the body. It consists of two layers, the dermis and the epidermis. The outermost layer or epidermis is made up of living and dead cells, the deeper layers are being constantly divided and the new cells formed are pushed towards the surface. All the time altering in nature. When they reach the surface they die, giving protection and forming the outer layer of the skin which is composed of keratin) impregnated with Griseofulvin cause problems for invasive fungi and even though the drug does not kill the fungus, as the keratin grows out, the fungus is shed along with the dead skin. Therefore the time needed for the cure depends entirely on the length of time it takes for keratin turnover. This is usually about 28 days.

After a sufferer washes and thoroughly dries the affected area a dusting with garlic powder is highly beneficial. It is also imperative that a sufferer has a change of socks every day. Another very good remedy is to apply Mutton tallow. Mutton tallow is made by fat taken from lamb’s kidney. This can be acquired from a good butcher. Cook the fat slowly in a pan and strain the ingredients into a clean dry jar. Apply the ointment at night and wash off in the morning.


Follow the health diet that comes later in the book with emphasis on:

  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes eaten raw or made into juice form is highly beneficial
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables (especially raw)


  • Chocolate
  • Cow’s milk (goats’ milk and products made from goats’ milk are acceptable)
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Processed foods
  • Refined foods
  • Salt (except sea salt in moderation)
  • Sugar (use honey as a sweetener as it is beneficial)
  • Tea

Daily Supplements (Recommended)

Vitamin A  

Under doctor’s supervision take 50,000 to 75,000 Units on a daily basis for 2 months then miss one month and decrease by 25,000 iu for 1 month.


Vitamin B6  

50 mg


Vitamin B (complex)  

Take the dosage prescribed by the manufacturer; make sure it is of a natural high potency and contains Vitamin B12.


Vitamin C  

3,000 mg daily


Brewer’s Yeast  

3 tablespoons


Calcium Lactate  

6 tablets


Cod Liver Oil  

1 teaspoon or tablets as directed



500 mg



Take as prescribed by the manufacturer or 2 teaspoons of granules.



2 tablets



20 mg



3 tablespoons of powder or tablets as directed