For those who play sports or run, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common problem. It’s not a reflection on your hygiene but a medical condition that can be easily treated at an ankle and foot care center. This fungal infection generally starts on the toes but can spread elsewhere.
Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot usually involve a scaly rash that itches, stings or burns. It’s contagious and spreads via contaminated floors, surfaces, towels or clothes.
Athlete’s foot is related to other fungal infections, including ringworm and jock itch. There are over-the-counter medications, but to prevent recurrence, prescription medications may be ordered by your Podiatry Inc. specialist.
Athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch all originate from a common type of fungus that thrives in damp environments. Damp socks and shoes provide the humid conditions these organisms need to thrive.
Athlete’s foot appears as a red scaly rash that starts between the toes. It starts to itch badly when you take off your shoes and socks. You may get blisters or ulcers, and the moccasin version causes chronic scaling and dryness on the soles before spreading to the side of the foot. It’s sometimes mistaken for eczema.
The infection is very contagious, so you can easily get it on both feet, your hands and other areas. You can also spread it to other team members.
Come to our ankle and foot care center right away if you notice symptoms. See your podiatrist immediately if over-the-counter medication isn’t effective.
Those with diabetes should come to our ankle and foot care center without delay, particularly if it looks like you may also have a secondary bacterial infection. The symptoms for this are excessive redness, draining, swelling and fever. Visit our site if you’d like to download our new patient forms and fill them in prior to your visit.
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