Foot and Ankle Pain Specialist
Athlete's Foot Is a Common Fungal InfectionTuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00
Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a prevalent fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, often between the toes. This condition can strike anyone, not just athletes, and is primarily caused by dermatophyte fungi. Athlete's foot thrives in warm, moist environments, making it a common occurrence in areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, and shared showers. The symptoms of athlete's foot typically include itching, burning, and stinging sensations on the affected skin. As the infection progresses, it may lead to peeling, redness, and the development of blisters or cracked skin. In severe cases, the condition can spread to other parts of the foot, including the toenails. Fortunately, athlete's foot is usually easily treatable by visiting a podiatrist who can offer you prescribed medication for relief. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor who can guide you toward effective prevention methods.
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 Ankle & Foot Care Center. 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.
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
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:
- 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 Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.