Athlete’s foot, also referred to as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It is often seen between the toes first. The name, athlete’s foot, came into being because it was a common affliction of athletes with sweaty feet in tight-fitting shoes. The fungus likes warm, moist environments so wearing damp socks or coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, such as locker room floors and swimming pool areas, make for perfect hosts. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include dry skin on the side or bottom of the foot, a burning and stinging sensation, blisters, and itchiness. Athlete’s foot must be treated because of its potential of spreading the infection to other areas of the body and can cause pain. If you suspect you might have athlete’s foot, see a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis, determine what type of fungus caused it, and provide treatment.
Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.
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