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Tips to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It is characterized by dry, peeling skin that is red, itchy, and may also sting and burn. While over-the-counter and prescription antifungal medications are effective for treating athlete’s foot, it is still important to take measures to prevent getting the infection in the first place. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist environments like public swimming pools and locker rooms. When going to these areas, wear shoes to protect your feet. Athlete’s foot can be highly contagious, so it is best to avoid sharing shoes, socks, towels, and personal items with others. Keeping your feet clean and dry will make them less hospitable to the fungi. This can be achieved by maintaining good foot hygiene and wearing breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks. If you find yourself afflicted with athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

Athlete’s Foot

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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. 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.

Prevention

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

Symptoms

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:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • 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 our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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