What can be done for skin breaks between my toes?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I have been having problems between my toes on both feet where the skin will break open and then start bleeding. What can I do to stop this from happening?

Expert Answer

Jane Andersen, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She provides surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle care to all types of patients, including the geriatric population in her area. With the American Podiatric Medical Association, she has worked to educate the public on foot and ankle health.

Often times, skin cracks or breaks between the toes are caused by a fungal infection known as athlete's foot. It can cause itching and burning as well. This type of skin infection should be treated with topical antifungal medication. There are several good over the counter products like Lamisil and Lotrimin. Liquids or gels should be used between the toes, not creams or ointments which create too much moisture. If you have any doubts, if the infection is not resolving, or if there is any redness or swelling, you should see your local podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. Prescription medication may be needed.