What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungus that develops between the toes and other areas of the feet. It is the same type of fungus that causes ringworm or jock itch. The fungus likes warm, dark, and moist environments like shoes which is why it develops on feet when they are untreated. Not all fungus conditions are athlete’s foot and other conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, may mimic athlete’s foot.
Areas like swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are high-risk areas for athlete’s foot. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term “athlete’s foot” became popular.
Signs & Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
The signs of athlete’s foot may contain on or more of the following symptoms:
- Dry-looking skin
- Itching and burning between the toes
- Scaling or peeling skin
- Inflammation or swelling
Keep in mind that athlete’s foot may spread to the soles of the feet, toenails and other parts of the body by those who scratch the infection and then touch other body parts.
Call Dr. Tatiana DeLaurentiis for Athlete’s Foot Treatment
If you believe that you have a fungus infection that does not respond to proper foot hygiene and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult Dr. Tatiana DeLaurentiis at Westfield Family Podiatry & Surgery. Dr. DeLaurentiis may prescribe antifungal medication, applied topically, or taken by mouth, depending on the severity of the issue. If the infection is caused by bacteria and not fungus, antibiotics that are effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria may be prescribed.
Always remember the following tips for athlete’s foot prevention
- Wash feet daily with soap and water
- Dry feet after showers, especially between the toes
- Avoid walking barefoot, especially in public showers
- Wear light and breathable shoes
- Reduce foot sweat by using talcum powder
- Change regularly to reduce moisture
- Wear moisture-wicking socks with synthetic fabrics
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