Tuesday, October 24, 2017
   
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Athlete’s foot is a common infection of the skin and nails characterized by itching, scaling, redness, and the formation of small blisters.  The most common areas affected are the bottom of the foot and between the toes.  The fungus has the potential to spread to the toenails, causing them to become thickened, discolored, and painful.  While this infection is common among athletes, keep in mind that it can affect athletes and non-athletes alike. 

CAUSES OF ATHLETE’S FOOT:

  • The feet are vulnerable because shoe commonly create a warm, dark, and humid
  •   environment that encourages fungal growth.
  • Athlete’s foot can also be contracted in dressing rooms, hotel and locker room showers,
  •   and swimming pool locker rooms where bare feet may come in contact with the fungus.

 WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Keep shoes and socks dry as a preventative measure.
  • Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing of the feet with soap and water;
  •   drying feet carefully, especially between the toes; changing shoes regularly; and
  •   wearing wicking acrylic or cotton socks.

 WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Prescribe topical medications.
  • Prescribe oral anti-fungal medications.