Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes the skin in between the toes to become itchy, blister, and peel. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is usually spread in warm and moist environments such as communal showers or public pools. It thrives in sweaty environments as well, and one key way to prevent athlete’s foot is to alternate shoes. Because it takes 24-48 hours for the sweat to dry out in shoes, it is also possible to dry shoes out with a hair dryer. Wearing flip flops or shower shoes while using a communal shower or public pool is another key to limiting the spread and risk of athlete’s foot. Lastly, do not wear other people’s footwear since the fungus can spread via sharing shoes. If you believe that you may have athlete’s foot, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
- Scaly and peeling skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, and Oswego, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Read more about How to Deal with Athlete's Foot