It’s always nice to hit the pool or gym to exercise and get into shape. Most of us go to the locker room later on and hit the showers, and then continue with our day. However, those who have bare feet in the locker room or by the pool are prone to a virus that can cause athlete's foot, a fungal infection of the feet. Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, has existed for centuries. The first actual report of the condition occurred in 1908. It is a very rare infection, but does sometimes occur. Athlete's foot refers to a fungal infection in the soles of the feet. Almost everyone carries the virus and is exposed to it, but why some people actually develop symptoms is unknown.
- White scaly skin
- Itching of the bottom of the foot and in-between the toes
- Red skin
- Watery discharge
- Cracked skin
Those who suffer from athlete's foot have a good outcome if their condition is treated properly. Reinfection can occur easily if they are re-exposed to the fungus. Old shoes are usually a breeding ground for the disease. It is important to throw out all contaminated shoes and spray anti-fungal powder in any new shoes before wearing them.
- Anti-fungal medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Cool compresses
Tinea Pedis can be treated relatively easily by a podiatrist. In order to prevent further flare ups or contracting the fungus all together, be sure to wear protective footwear when at the gym or by the pool. The fungus thrives in areas that are damp, warm, and moist. Use cotton socks and anti-fungal powder in your shoes to further assist yourself in preventing the disease.
Do you have dry, scaly patches appearing on the bottoms of your feet? Do you think your feet are looking as scaly as the dragons in Game of Thrones? Then it is time to call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona right away. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can examine, diagnose, and treat your athlete's foot in a professional manner. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. We care about your feet!