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How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Athlete’s foot is a foot fungus that appears as a rash, usually between the toes. Those who have the condition may experience redness, itchiness, or dryness on their skin. Although the fungus itself usually isn’t life-threatening, you should treat it as soon as possible to stop it from spreading. If it goes ignored for too long, it could potentially reach the lymph system which could cause an infection in the lymph nodes. One of the main causes of athlete’s foot is dirty, damp feet. People who do not keep their feet clean and dry are far more likely to develop the fungus compared to others. After you wash you feet, you should always be sure to dry them gently, especially in between the toes. A common place to attract the fungus is gym locker rooms where many people walk around without shoes on their feet. You should always make sure to wear shower shoes or flip flops if you are walking these areas in order to protect your feet.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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