You might have heard of it before and a national sports footwear chain shares the name, but what is Athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that invades the skin in between the toes. It is contagious and can be spread by walking barefoot or by materials, such as towels or socks. Confining your feet in sweaty, tight fitting shoes then exacerbates the condition. The humid and damp climate in South Florida allow Athlete’s foot and similar fungus infections to thrive, meaning they are hard to treat and frequently return.
Wondering what Athlete’s foot looks like? It is a scaly rash that can be red and flaky. Athlete’s foot symptoms include itching, stinging, and burning. If you are concerned that you might have this condition, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors or click here to request an appointment.
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What is Athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the feet and toes but can spread to other parts of the body. The medical name for it is tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot is most often found on the skin in between the toes where it thrives on sweaty, hot, humid, and cramped conditions. It causes great discomfort and is contagious, so you must seek treatment as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Athlete’s foot
The primary symptom of Athlete’s foot is an itchy, scaly rash that can be accompanied by burning and stinging. Symptoms are most often confined to the toes and feet, however, Athlete’s foot is contagious and can spread to other parts of your body or to other people.
Treatments for Athlete’s foot
If you catch Athlete’s foot quickly and it is a mild case, over the counter creams, ointment, and sprays might be able to relieve some of the symptoms or treat the condition . However, in most cases, you will need a podiatrist to prescribe an effective Athlete’s foot cream. For severe cases that still resist prescription topical treatment, oral medication can be prescribed. Once you get this condition, it is likely to return so prevention is important.
Tips for preventing Athlete’s foot include:
- keep your feet and toes dry
- do not wear wet socks
- choose lightweight and ventilated shoes
- don’t walk barefoot in public places
- don’t share shoes, socks, or towels
- use antifungal powder to keep your toes and feet dry, especially if you have had athlete’s foot before, this is a necessary precaution.
Diagnosing Athlete’s foot
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for Athlete’s foot treatment? There is no need to worry about your visit to the podiatrist. Our goal is to clear up the fungal infection and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose Athlete’s foot by looking at it. In some cases, the doctor might need to scrape the skin to confirm. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.