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Athlete’s Foot Relief and Prevention

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet, especially between the toes. It occurs due to the growth of dermatophytes, a type of fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments like locker rooms, showers, and even sweaty shoes. Symptoms include itching, burning, and stinging sensations, in addition to red, scaly, and cracked skin. Sometimes, it can also cause blisters or ulcers. Athletes and individuals who frequently wear tight-fitting shoes or who have sweaty feet are at higher risk. Diagnosis is typically made through a physical examination, and sometimes a skin scraping to confirm the presence of the fungus. Possible relief can include antifungal creams, powders, or sprays, and in more severe cases, oral medications. To prevent athlete’s foot, keep feet clean and dry, change socks regularly, wear breathable footwear, and avoid walking barefoot in communal areas. If you have athlete’s foot with persistent or severe symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for advanced treatment which often includes prescribed medication.

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 one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Health Center.  Our doctors 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
  • Exfoliate
  • 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Dothan, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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