A fungal infection of the foot can be categorized as athlete's foot. Common symptoms can include itching between the toes or the bottom of the foot, and the skin may be red and flaky. It is generally an uncomfortable and unsightly ailment and is considered contagious. The fungus that causes this condition lives in warm environments, such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and similar areas. When frequenting these places, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes, such as flip-flops or water shoes, in addition to refraining from sharing shoes, socks, and towels. A diagnosis can be confirmed by taking a scraping from the affected area and having a culture performed. If you are experiencing signs of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can prescribe medication, if needed.
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 The Podiatry Center, PC. 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.
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