How Does Athlete’s Foot Occur?
A fungal infection is the cause of a condition referred to as athlete’s foot. It survives in areas that are warm and moist, and this is one of the reasons why the feet are typically affected. Research has suggested that shoes and socks worn should consist of a breathable material, which may stop the fungi from flourishing. It’s considered to be a contagious condition and can be picked up in public showers and around pool areas. At this point, the fungus typically enters the body through any blisters or cuts that are found on the feet. A common symptom of this ailment may include an itchy feeling, which can occur between the toes and on the top of the foot. There are several ways to prevent this fungus from infecting your feet, including washing and drying the feet completely and wearing appropriate shoes while in a public shower and any surrounding areas. If you are afflicted by this condition, please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist.
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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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