Funky Feet? How do you cure that?

My feet were funky and started itching like a mother fucker. Eczema (also known as dermatitis) affects my hands and feet every year when the winter ends and spring begins. And all I’ve ever done to treat eczema is to bust out the moisturizer and, boom, Bob’s your uncle the eczema goes away after a few days. But it’s not spring, and whatever was going on with my feet looked more intense than any eczema I’ve ever had. So I embarked on a medical mission to mend my funky feet.

Common knowledge suggested that I had developed Athlete’s Foot also known as tinea pedis. There were three events that may have irritated my feet to the point of contracting a foot fungus:

1) I started running with greater frequency with very, very old shoes and terrible socks;

2) I wore a borrowed a pair of shoes during an impromptu gym session with a friend; and/or

3) I went on a two-hour walk in the pouring rain while wearing soaking wet, dirty ol’ cowboy boots.

I showed my funky feet to a few friends, and most of them seemed to believe that a combination of the three aforementioned events caused my feet to develop Athlete’s Foot.

First Try to Cure my Funky Feet

Before I ran off (pardon the pun) to the pharmacy, I tried using straight up skin moisturizer. There was no change in the condition of my feet, and the itchiness wasn’t suppressed at all.

Second Try

I ran off to the pharmacy and showed the nice lady wearing a lab coat my bare feet. She recommended that I try applying a 1% Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream twice a day, and, if the itchiness flared up between the hydrocortisone applications, to use Solarcaine soothing gel with pure aloe gel. The pharmacist emphasized that I must wash my hands before and after every application.

However, the funkiness on my feet didn’t subside. The 1% Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream wasn’t powerful enough to neutralize the itchiness for more than an hour, and my feet begun soaking up the Solarcaine soothing gel like a gluttonous Baked Ham.

Third Try

I ran off to the walk in clinic to see someone who has over thirty 10 smart thoughts a day. The doctor dude didn’t really seem to know what was going on with my feet. The curious part of my visit with the doc is that he pointed out that there was a pattern to the condition. My left and right big toes weren’t affected, and there was a small, unaffected rectangle of skin behind the top of each toe.

The walk-in clinic doctor didn’t say definitively that I had Athlete’s Foot, but he did say that it’s possible that I had contracted a foot fungus. I ran out of the walk-in clinic with a prescription for a 30 gram tube of Lamisil and a 30 gram bottle of cream consisting of 0.1% Betaderm and 0.1% Betamethasone Valerate (a topical steroid cream).

The pharmacist who dispensed my prescriptions emphasized to wash my hands before applying Lamisil, to re-wash my hands before applying the steroid cream, and to re-wash my hands again. I was to apply these creams twice a day for three weeks or until my feet beat the funkiness. And the pharmacist said (and I paraphrase) that I keep my hands away from my cock and balls after my hands had felt my feet. I didn’t want to get foot fungus on an area of my body that should have zero fungus.

Three Days Later

The Lamisil and the 0.1% Betaderm & 0.1% Betamethasone Valerate creams were working. I had continued to run and workout despite my funky feet. Exercise didn’t seem to irritate my feet. But I did find that I had to apply the steroid cream in the middle of the afternoon. I suspected my daily run and workout soaked up the steroid-y goodness.

My Mum’s Advice

Pharmacists and doctors are good medical resources, but I still called my Mum to tell her about my funky feet. Mum does that whole Young Living thing. Every Tuesday she fires up her Facebook Page, goes live, and does a spiel about the essential oil of week. During my phone call with Mum, she requested that I give her a list of my complete essential oil inventory, and then she proceeded to name off a couple of oils that will assist my feet to recovery. After the call had ended, Mum sent me a few text messages. She determined that Tea Tree oil was the best oil to neutralize the funkiness.

I didn’t want to over saturate my feet, so I applied Tea Tree oil in-between the twice daily Lamisil and steroid creams. I found that the oil helped with the mild mid-day itchiness.

Five Days Later

After five days, I stopped using the 0.1% Betaderm & 0.1% Betamethasone Valerate creams. My feet were still funky, but the severe itchiness had subsided. I replaced the steroid cream with Tea Tree oil. So my twice daily Lamisil application was followed by an essential oil application.

Around the end of the fifth day of funkiness, the tops of my feet had begun to peel. I took it as a sign of healing. I continued to use the Solarcaine throughout the days as a means to keep my feet from turning into a horror show of dead skin.

Nine Days Later

I quit using my Lamisil prescription. Any obvious fungal irritation had subsided after seven days; and the pharmacist had recommended that I continued using Lamisil for 48 hours after all of the funky symptoms had disappeared. I didn’t want to use up all my Tea Tree oil, so I also quit using the essential oil. My feet, moreover, had become a horror show of dead skin. So I continued to use Solarcaine on my feet to help moisturize the healing skin.

It took between nine and ten days before I determined by feet to be exorcised of the fungal funkiness. I still pack around a little bit of Solarcaine, you know, just in case.

Jonah Kondro can be found on Facebook, Snapchat @jonahnecktattoo, and Twitter @JonahKondro.
Post Script

I utilized an online photo editor, PINETOOLS to combine the images of my funky feet.

“War on Wheels” by C.R. Kutz

War on Wheels: The Evolution of an Idea
War on Wheels: The Evolution of an Idea by C.R. Kutz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first observation is that C.R. Kutz’s War on Wheels was first published in 1941, and the copy I read was published in 1942. Kutz was writing about armoured vehicle use in the First and Second World War before the Second World War was over. Hindsight sways mostly to the First and not so much the Second World War. This book has a temporal location, and I read it knowing that Kutz didn’t consider the topic of strategic armoured vehicle use in combat situations as ‘history’. Armoured vehicle use in the First and Second World Wars was still, I argue, current events.

Kutz, a Captain of the American Armoured Corps, breaks down several key engagements in the First World War where the armoured car failed, how it could have succeeded, where it did succeed, and where the use of horses (instead of armoured cars) failed the belligerent armies. Kutz provides examples of some military commanders reluctance to embrace new technology, the armoured car. Kutz’s does not show bias in his assessment and analysis.

This is the basic breakdown of the progress of technology: 1) horses; 2) armoured cars; and then 3) tanks. The entire book leads up to Kutz’s assessment of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg with Panzer tanks, etc. The book reads like a detailed how-did-this-happen? The ‘this’ is Hitler’s successful invasions in 1939 with the use of armoured vehicles and tanks.

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Jonah Kondro can be found on Facebook, Snapchat @jonahnecktattoo, and Twitter @JonahKondro.

You Don’t Need to Have a Fitness Specialist

I'm not a fitness Captain
*Celebratory Fitness Noises*

If you are reading this from an electronic device, you don’t need to hire a fitness specialist. I wouldn’t say that I had engaged in a Twitter battle, but I did attempt to have a meaningful interaction on the digital social platform. I disagree with a gym tip recommended by Chidirim Ndeche (@chidirim_) in “Five Gym Tips For Beginners,” a post published by the Guardian Nigeria. I argue that you don’t need to “have a fitness specialist” to form good fitness knowledge.

I’m not sculpted out of marble nor am I a bloated Caucasian sea porpoise. I’ve been in and out of the gym since I was eighteen years old. I have a couple years experience as an amateur boxer. And recently, I’ve been dabbling in the weird world of jogging. I’m pretty confident I know what I need to do to stay healthy and fit, and I’ll share my advice from out of my limited knowledge. I won’t be able to lead you to “Greek God” status, but I’m confident enough to tell you when you’re lifting a dumbbell in a way that may cause an injury. If you ask, I will share and I won’t invoice you after listening to what I know about fitness.

My (meek) critique of Ndeche’s gym tip is an economic one. Having a fitness specialist may be costly, and the cost for professional one-on-one counselling may discourage new gym goers from hitting the gym. The gym can be a terrifying sphere to bust into especially if someone is self-conscious of their aptitude. No one wants to think they look stupid. The gym is an intense space, but the gym fosters all levels of fitness aptitudes.

Ndeche’s reply counters my economic claim. The author is correct. Having a fitness specialist to guide you through the gym sphere will likely circumvent physical injury. It is too easy to workout incorrectly. Improper form, excessive weight, and/or a poor diet may result in some form of physical injury. If there is a specialist watching your repetitions, they should correct your form, make recommendations, and keep you on a safe, healthy path.

But if you are reading this or Ndeche’s article from an electronic device, you don’t need to hire a fitness specialist, because you have access to the internet. If you execute some patience and some (light) critical research, you can access and absorb a myriad of fitness knowledge. Articles, images, and videos can supplant the need to have a fitness specialist. There is a lot of related content on the internet, and it’s a two-way street out there. You can Snap, Tweet, and DM the people posting fitness content. You can get authentic feedback on your routine and your progress.

Ndeche is right to say that having a fitness specialist is a recommendation and not a necessity. However, it’s good to try acquire your own knowledge and to try dabbling in the gym sphere before you spend money and submit your fitness to a specialist. The need to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t is very cliché, but if you can figure what that is without spending money to have a specialist, I’d recommend that path. Save your money for purchasing supplements.

Jonah Kondro can be found on Facebook, Snapchat @jonahnecktattoo, and Twitter @JonahKondro.
Post Script

I had asked Ndeche via our Twitter thread if there were any fitness apps that she could recommend. My intent was to spark some (more) meaningful interactions, and I have no personal knowledge of any related mobile apps. So my question was genuine.

Unfortunately, Ndeche has zero apps to recommend. But I appreciate that she replied from out of her body of knowledge. She doesn’t know of any so she didn’t recommend any. There was no false knowledge being exchanged.