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Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, scientifically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that can affect anyone. It is notorious for causing discomfort, itching, and unsightly skin changes. Athlete’s foot tends to be more prevalent among older adults, especially males. The primary cause is dermatophytes, a type of fungus that thrive in warm and humid environments. You can contract athlete's foot by walking barefoot on wet and contaminated floors, especially in public areas like locker rooms, showers, and pools. It also can be transmitted by sharing towels, clothing, or shoes with someone who has the infection. Prolonged use of sweaty, tight shoes that create a moist environment for fungi to flourish also increases the risk of infection. Symptoms of athlete's foot can include red and inflamed skin, persistent itchiness, flaky and scaly skin, thickened skin, and dry feet. In severe cases, tiny red blisters may develop between the toes or on the soles of the feet. The good news is that athlete's foot is generally easy to treat with prescribed antifungal creams or oral medications. If you suspect you have a particularly troublesome case of athlete's foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for help managing this fungal infection.

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 one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP.  Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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