The medical condition that is known as athlete’s foot is common among many people, and is not limited to athletes. It is caused by a fungal infection, and symptoms can be seen on the bottom of the foot or between the toes. It can generally cause severe itchiness, and the skin may become red and blistered. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which often include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Mild relief may be found when an antifungal powder is applied. For recurring or severe cases of this condition, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat 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 Landmark Foot and Ankle 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 Alexandria, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.