The medical condition that is known as athlete’s foot can cause the foot to become itchy and uncomfortable. It typically affects the skin between the toes and the bottom of the feet. It is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in moist and warm environments. These can include wearing socks and shoes that are wet, public swimming pools, and communal shower rooms. Patients may find relief when an antifungal powder is used, and this may help to relieve a portion of the itching and swelling that may accompany athlete’s foot. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, in addition to alternating shoes which can help them to dry out. If you have symptoms of athletes’ foot, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist, who can offer the best treatment options for you, which may include prescribed medication.
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 Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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:
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:
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 Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.