Athlete’s foot presents itself as skin patches and skin breaks, especially between the toes, but possibly also on the bottom of the feet and toenails. This skin affliction can become red, itchy, and moist. Blisters may also form on the feet. In the worst cases, feet might ooze pus and smell foul. Athlete’s foot is most often developed from walking in areas that are damp and prone to fungus, such as locker rooms or swimming pool changing areas. While this condition is not serious, it can spread to other areas of the body and other people. If one suspects they have athlete’s foot they should use care and take precautions to prevent its spread, practice good foot hygiene, apply an antifungal cream to the affected area, and allow the feet to breathe as much as possible since shoes and socks allow for the ideal breeding ground of dampness, darkness, and warmth to proliferate. If left untreated, Athlete’s foot can become painful and interfere with activity. A podiatrist should be consulted if no improvement is seen after two weeks, if the infection appears severe, or if underlying conditions such as diabetes or circulation problems exist.
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 Dennis Grandy, DPM from California. Our doctor 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.
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