You don’t have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot, which is a skin infection caused by fungus.
Fungus often grows on the feet because it thrives in a dark, moist, warm environment such as a shoe. Fungus is common in damp areas such as swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms.
What should you do if you get athlete’s foot? Keep reading!
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Athletes often have sweaty feet, and use gyms and locker rooms where fungus is commonly found, that’s why this type of condition is often called “athlete’s foot.”
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and grows in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas, bathrooms, dormitory style houses and public swimming pools.
The symptoms of athlete’s foot include flaking, itching, redness, and burning. However, some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, burning and pain while walking or standing. In advanced athlete’s foot, inflammation and blisters may form, and an infection caused by bacteria can result.
Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing. It is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm. Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal topical medicated creams, ointments or sprays.
If your athlete’s foot doesn’t improve within a few weeks after self-treatment, the you need to see a foot and ankle doctor who can recommend the best treatment for you. Also, you should seek medical care sooner if you have diabetes and suspect you have athlete’s foot, or if you notice excessive redness, swelling, drainage or fever.
You can avoid athlete’s foot by walking barefoot, washing your feet every day with soap and water, and thoroughly drying your feet, especially between the toes. Also, try to keep your feet exposed to light and cool air can help prevent the fungus.
If your feet sweat a lot, then you may need to change your socks during the day. Anti-fungal powders, sprays, and/or creams that are used to treat athlete’s foot can also help prevent it.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.