Athlete’s foot, the most common fungal infection, is a rash on the skin of the foot. The rash typically begins in between the toes and can affect one or both feet. The rash may even spread to your hands, especially if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.
Most often people get this fungus from walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces near swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions favor the organisms’ growth. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread by contact with an infected person or from contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors, and shoes.
Athlete’s foot can make your feet and the skin between your toes itch and burn causing scaling and redness. Itching is often the worst right after you take off your shoes and socks. Some types of athlete’s foot feature blisters or ulcers, which should not be ignored. If you have a rash on your foot that doesn’t improve after self-treatment, call us to schedule an appointment.
If you have diabetes, see your doctor if you suspect you have athlete’s foot, especially if you notice any signs of a possible secondary bacterial infection such as excessive redness, swelling, drainage or fever.
You can treat Athlete’s foot at home with over-the-counter lotion, cream, or spray. For severe cases, your doctor may give you a prescription for pills or a topical medication. You will also need to keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi need wet, warm places to grow.
Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot can be prevented by the following suggestions:
- Wash and dry feet thoroughly, taking extra care to dry between the toes.
- Use powder to keep the feet dry.
- Keep socks and footwear clean and dry; socks can be changed several times daily.
- Wear footwear made of breathable materials that allow air to circulate around the feet; constricting footwear, stockings, and socks can trap moisture and perspiration on the feet.
- Never share socks or footwear.
- Do not walk barefoot in public areas such as showers, pools, and locker rooms; instead, wear plastic flip-flops, slides, or shower shoes.
If you suspect you may have Athlete’s foot and over-the-counter products are not working call Cornerstone Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment, or request one online TODAY!