Athlete’s Foot

This article does not constitute as medical advice.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Athlete’s Foot, contact your doctor or make an appointment.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

You don’t have to be an athlete to get Athlete’s Foot! This fungal infection on the feet is usually seen between the toes but may also spread to the sides of the foot. Common symptoms include itching or burning sensations. The fungus that causes this condition thrives in wet and damp conditions and spreads easily. It can spread by not wearing shoes at public pools and locker rooms, but can be prevented by simple precautions like keeping feet and shoes clean and dry; wearing sandals or flip-flops at pools, and public showers. 

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

 

  • Bare feet in public showers and around swimming pools
  • Feet in closed shoes that do not get adequate ventilation
  • Damp socks and shoes not dried properly
  • Excessively sweaty feet not cleaned and dried
  • Sharing socks or shoes with someone who is infected

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

  • Itching, scaly skin between the toes
  • Rashes or scaly feet
  • Peeling and flaking skin on the sides of the foot
  • Inflammation
  • Blisters
  • Rash that spreads to your hand after touching the infection

Treating Athlete’s Foot

 

  • Over-the-counter medications like clotrimazole.
  • Adequate cleaning and drying of feet
  • Products that control excessive sweating
  • Use of clean and dry cotton socks
  • Footwear that allows ventilation
  • Make an appointment with our office if your infection does not improve with home treatment after 1-2 weeks

**Be sure to make an appointment if you are diabetic and notice symptoms of excessive swelling, redness, or fever

Foot with athlete's foot on the bottom by the toes

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