Also known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops on the skin between the toes and on the bottoms of the feet. Although you may think this condition is merely annoying, if left untreated, it can difficult to eradicate. At Podiatry Inc., our board-certified podiatrists treat a wide range of skin and toenail infections and can help you find relief from athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot causes a scaly, red rash, which often begins between the toes and can spread to the soles and sides of the feet. Symptoms include stinging, burning and itching. Some types of athlete’s foot can cause blisters, ulcers or flaking and cracked skin as well.
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in damp, warm and humid areas like locker rooms, showers and swimming pools. Sweaty or wet socks and shoes are also perfect places for fungi to grow. Athlete’s foot is contagious — it can spread by contact with an infected person or from contact with contaminated surfaces like floors, towels and shoes. If you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet, it can spread to your hands and other areas of your body such as the nails, groin and underarms. Scratching can also lead to secondary bacterial infections.
When caught early, athlete’s foot is often treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. However, if you’ve tried treating your athlete’s foot and don’t see an improvement within one to two weeks, make an appointment with your podiatrist. Athlete’s foot can worsen and last a long time without appropriate treatment. Untreated secondary bacterial infections can lead to cellulitis and serious complications such as septicemia (blood poisoning) or bone infection. Patients with athlete’s foot and diabetes or weakened immune systems should see their podiatrist right away.
Treatment for athlete’s foot may require prescription topical or oral antifungal medication, and your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you are suffering from a secondary bacterial infection. At Podiatry Inc., we also offer state-of-the-art 3-D imaging technology and laser fungus treatment that can help combat athlete’s foot.
Our experienced foot care specialists at Podiatry, Inc. provide top-notch treatment for athlete’s foot and other conditions. If you’re suffering from a foot injury or infection, contact us at 216-245-1290 for our Beachwood, Mayfield Village and Mentor offices and 330-630-9030 in Tallmadge to learn more about athlete’s foot treatment and the other services we offer. We look forward to serving all of your foot and ankle care needs.