Athlete’s Foot is a very common infection that affects the skin of the foot and swimmers are particularly disposed to contracting it since the fungus that causes it grows in damp and warm places. Since most people will choose to swim in warm pools rather than ice-cold lakes, this will continue to affect swimmers. As this condition is highly communicable, it’s no surprise that it is frequently contracted at swimming pools since individuals walk barefoot in these locations and the surface can be contaminated with fungus. Moreover, the feet of swimmers can be damp, warm and dark in between their toes, which makes it even easier for the fungus to thrive. Symptoms of this condition include the skin of the foot that becomes red, scratchy, dry, broken and rashes that could produce a burning sensation.
Treatment for this condition involves:
• Swimmers, as well as anyone else, should use antifungal medicated creams or lotions to attack the fungus.
• Antibiotics may be necessary if other bacterial infections result.
• Feet should always be kept dry, including in between toes.
• Use a separate towel to dry your feet if you have this condition to prevent spreading it to other parts of the body.
• Swimmers should utilize flip-flops when walking adjacent to a pool and in locker rooms.
• Place talcum powder on feet after drying them.
• Utilize socks that absorb moisture and change them daily to prevent the buildup of fungus within them.
• Use shoes that are large enough to allow air to flow within them.
• Refrain from wearing the same shoes on consecutive days so that they have an opportunity to circulate air.
This condition can cause much inconvenience for swimmers. Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help your feet stay healthy during those back strokes! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll help you maintain your swimming feet.