The common fungal infection known as athlete’s foot can be quite uncomfortable. This fungal infection affects the skin on the feet, and can cause severe itchiness between the toes. Other symptoms can include dry skin and redness on the bottom of the feet. In severe cases, the toenails may be affected, and toenail fungus may develop. This fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, including shower room floors, locker rooms, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. These are areas where many people walk barefoot, and the fungus can enter the body through small cuts in the bottom of the feet. Athlete's foot is considered to be contagious and effective prevention methods can include wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas and refraining from sharing shoes, socks, and towels. Many people who have athlete's foot seek prompt medical attention, which is beneficial in successfully curing this condition. If you are afflicted with athlete's foot, please consult a podiatrist for treatment.
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 Arthur Segall, Jr., DPM from Segall Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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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