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Athlete’s Foot Relief and Prevention

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet, especially between the toes. It occurs due to the growth of dermatophytes, a type of fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments like locker rooms, showers, and even sweaty shoes. Symptoms include itching, burning, and stinging sensations, in addition to red, scaly, and cracked skin. Sometimes, it can also cause blisters or ulcers. Athletes and individuals who frequently wear tight-fitting shoes or who have sweaty feet are at higher risk. Diagnosis is typically made through a physical examination, and sometimes a skin scraping to confirm the presence of the fungus. Possible relief can include antifungal creams, powders, or sprays, and in more severe cases, oral medications. To prevent athlete’s foot, keep feet clean and dry, change socks regularly, wear breathable footwear, and avoid walking barefoot in communal areas. If you have athlete’s foot with persistent or severe symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for advanced treatment which often includes prescribed medication.
 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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