Athlete’s foot is an easily spreadable fungal infection that can cause many issues. It can travel from your feet to other parts of your body if it comes into contact with it. The way you contract it is from contact with another person or from walking barefoot in public areas such as pools and gym locker rooms.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Itching in between your toes
- The presence of blisters
- Cracking skin or even a changed skin tone.
So, you should understand that athlete’s foot does have a great offense and will not stop unless you take defensive measures.
Treatment for this athlete’s foot includes:
- Using cold therapies such as ice to lower any inflammation and reduce the pain.
- Taking antifungal medications to attack the fungus causing the infection on your feet.
- Scrubbing the skin to reduce the external layers of infected skin. Only do this as the infection is going away.
- Wearing shoes that fit correctly and that are made of breathable material. This will help combat the environment most beneficial to fungus, moist and dark.
- Sterilizing your shoes so that fungus does not reside in there for the long-term.
- Keeping your shoes dry! This is very important in reducing the chances of having fungus thrive in them.
Athlete’s foot can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to combat it at its earliest stages to ensure that it does not spread thereafter. 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, will ensure that your feet have the best chance of eradicating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from your feet so that you can be pain and itch free! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can be clear of the strongest offense put up by athlete’s foot.