Athlete’s Foot Treatment

close up of woman with athlete’s footAlso 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.

Symptoms And Causes Of 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.

Treatment For Athlete’s Foot

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.

Athlete’s Foot Prevention

  • Wash your feet twice a day with soap and water. Make sure to clean between your toes and dry them thoroughly.
  • Keep your feet dry. Air out your feet by going barefoot as much as possible at home. If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks twice a day. Cotton, silk and wool socks are good choices to wick moisture away from feet.
  • Take off your shoes as soon as you’re done exercising or playing sports. Alternate shoes to give them time to dry after each use.
  • Wear well-ventilated, light shoes made of leather or canvas. Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials like vinyl or rubber.
  • Wear waterproof sandals or shoes at public pools and gyms and in showers and locker rooms.
  • Use antifungal powder on your feet daily.
  • Avoid sharing shoes to reduce the risk of spreading fungal infection.
  • Wash towels and bedding frequently.

Contact Our Podiatrists For Safe, Effective Athlete’s Foot Treatment

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.

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