How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The uncomfortable condition known as Athlete’s foot appears as a rash on the feet that is generally itchy. The medical name for this condition is called tinea pedis and is caused by a fungus that typically thrives in warm and dark areas. There are several symptoms that may be associated with this ailment, including skin that is cracked in between the toes, experiencing a burning sensation or possibly an unpleasant foot odor. Research has shown there may be preventative measures that can be implemented to avoid this condition from developing. These may include washing and drying the feet thoroughly, wearing appropriate shoes while in public showers, pools, and surrounding areas, and choosing to wear shoes and socks that are made of breathable materials. It is advised to speak with a podiatrist if you feel you have Athlete’s foot, so a proper diagnosis can be performed and correct treatment options may be discussed.

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 Palm Beach Podiatry. 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.

Prevention

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

Symptoms:

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:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • 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 one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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