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Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal skin infection known as tinea, is often caused by dermatophytes that live on the skin's surface. These fungi thrive in warm and damp places, like public swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms, which are spots that athletes often visit. While anyone can get athlete's foot because it is highly contagious, men tend to get it more than women. The fungi also live in places on the skin that are warm and moist, such as the areas between the toes where sweat collects. Athlete's foot can spread when shoes rub against the skin, creating openings for the fungus to enter. Wearing closed shoes or dirty socks on a regular basis also might make you more prone to this condition. The athlete’s foot fungus can easily be spread by touching infected skin directly or indirectly. Walking on wet floors where the fungi live or sharing towels that may be infected can spread the infection. If athlete’s foot infections are advanced, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for 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
  • Exfoliate
  • 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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