Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection. The fungi thrive in warm, moist places, such as locker rooms and communal showers. Symptoms of athlete's foot include intense itching, cracked skin, blistering, and redness, typically concentrated between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Diagnosing athlete's foot is usually straightforward, involving a thorough examination and discussion of lifestyle habits and footwear. Treatment requires patience, with antifungal medications often taking weeks to months for symptoms to fully resolve. Recurrence is common without proper foot care and preventative measures. To manage and prevent athlete's foot, it's essential to keep feet clean and dry, wear moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes, and avoid walking barefoot in public areas. If you have a persistent case of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized treatment and guidance.
Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.
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