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Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
It’s nearing the end of the summer, and if you haven’t gotten a pedicure yet, you may start to feel like you’re due for one soon! The time we take to pamper ourselves is always time well spent. One thing is for certain - where you go for your pedicure can majorly impact your experience. This is especially true when you decide to include your child in the pedicure pampering! All of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. challenge you to think ahead!
When you and your child go to get a pedicure, you’re putting your feet into warmer temperature waters that other peoples’ feet have been in as well. Soaking in warm temperatures will relax and open up your pores which, if there are any cuts or sores, will allow infection-causing bacteria to enter more easily. These bacteria can cause them to develop conditions like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, and can trigger or make diabetic foot ulcers worse for adults and kids with diabetes.
Bacteria can also impact your toes which can be affected by athlete’s foot and other toenail fungi. Your toes are also prone to ingrown toenails and the infections that can easily accompany them when your toenails are cleaned and clipped too aggressively. We know what you’re thinking - maybe getting a pedicure isn’t such a great idea...but it’s not all bad! The key to a great pedicure is knowing what to look for: when looking into where you and your child will get their first pedicure, be sure to look at the reviews!
Call ahead and ask if they’re kid-friendly. Visit and check out the facility before committing to it. It’s always a good sign to see cleaning supplies not only present but actively being used! A pedicurist gets major bonus points for having disposable tools and covers for the soaking tub used in pedicure chairs. This says a lot about how a business values the safety and health of its clients.
With all of the good and the bad laid out, we hope this will enable you to confidently pursue your next pedicure adventure and safely introduce pedicures to your child. If any complications arise, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont. Just call (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona!
One of the worst possible feelings to encounter is an itchy foot. It can be even more of a pain if that itchy foot is trapped within a shoe. Scratching it in public can be a tricky task. Do you take off the entire shoe? Shove a pencil inside and hope? When all else fails, you take off both your shoe and your sock and start scratching. After the initial relief finally comes, you take a peek at your foot and realize that you have a rash. Not only was it itchy, but it was also tender to the touch. Concerned you call your podiatrist and make an appointment to further investigate the cause of your itchy situation. A rash is a common symptom of an underlying condition, especially when it is situated on the foot. There are many different conditions that can cause a rash to pop up. Before you start panicking, read below to find out some of the more common causes of foot rashes.
Allergies – Allergies are a very common cause of rashes on the foot. Sometimes the allergen can be found in a sock, the shoe itself, or from a food or environmental component. Allergy symptoms can include itching, redness, swelling, rash, and tenderness. Sometimes blisters, lesions and scaly patches of skin affect the feet of those with allergies.
Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s foot is one of the most common causes of an itchy rash on the feet. The root cause of athlete’s foot is due to a fungal infection that is passed from animals or humans. It is commonly picked up in public showers, gyms, and pools. It can be treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams. For more severe cases, it is recommended to see a podiatrist.
Infection – Infections can also cause rashes on the foot. Scabies, a type of infection, can cause a red patchy rash. The cause of scabies is due to tiny little mites. The rash appears as tiny little pimples or bug bites. It should be treated by a podiatrist or other medical professional to help prevent spreading.
Although allergies, athlete’s foot, and infection are some of the most common causes of rashes on the foot, there are many other conditions and diseases that could cause a rash. Unfortunately, unless they are examined by a podiatrist, it can be hard to discern the root cause of a rash. If your feet are itchy, red, or if you have another rash or foot condition, call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Learn about what rash is ailing your foot.
After hitting the gym and showering off in the locker room, you developed itchy, burning, flaky feet. At first, you thought they were just dry because of the winter weather. You tried lotions, Vaseline, and warm water soaks, but they still wouldn’t clear up. You made an appointment to see your podiatrist and learned that you are actually suffering from tineas pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot. Luckily for you, there are a wide variety of treatment options for the fungal disorder.
Over the Counter Options
Athlete’s foot sometimes responds well to over the counter medicines due to the nature of the fungus. One frequently prescribed over the counter medication is called Lamisil-AT. It is an effective fungal cream that typically begins to work after only a week of treatment. Other creams that also work are Desenex, Lotrimin, Monistat-Derm, and Tinactin. The later four usually require four full weeks of treatment before seeing results but also may be effective at curing the condition.
Is the condition persistent, or all over the sole and top of the foot? Then it requires a special antifungal treatment that a podiatrist can prescribe. Usually, a lotion or spray will not work due to the severity of the fungus. If this occurs or your infection lasts more than two weeks with over the counter treatment, it is important to see a podiatrist right away.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
A foot doctor can diagnose tineas pedis by simply examining the affected foot or feet. In some cases, the podiatrist must take a small scraping of the skin and examine it under a microscope to further evaluate the type of fungus that is causing your symptoms. Other times it is sent to a laboratory for testing. The method varies depending on symptoms and severity.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the podiatrist will recommend a series of treatment options depending on the length and severity of a patient’s case.
Are your feet itchy, burning, and red after being exposed to a public area that is known for moisture and warmth? Have the itchy and scaly symptoms traveled to your hands as well? This sounds like a case of tineas pedis, and should be treated by a podiatrist promptly. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. There they can examine your feet and help determine whether you are suffering from athlete’s foot. If you are, they can help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you.