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Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a skin condition in which fungus grows on the foot, most commonly between the toes. It’s easy to identify the symptoms of athlete’s foot, you will notice redness and itching and dry, sometimes scaly patches. A burning or tingling sensation is also common. Let’s take a look at some ways to prevent and treat athlete’s foot.

 

Prevention

Athlete’s foot is more common in active individuals and people who often go barefoot, leaving them more likely to contract the condition in areas such as public pools and locker rooms. This is because athlete’s foot is a fungus, which loves to grow in dark, warm, moist places, much like your shoes. It is actually fairly easy to avoid, try the following tips:

 

  • Wear shower shoes in common areas like pools and locker room showers.

  • Keep feet dry, an over the counter talc product like Gold Bond is usually all that is needed.

  • Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water.

  • Wear shoes that have good ventilation.

 

Treatments

If you have already contracted athlete’s foot the treatment is fairly simple. Obviously start following all of the prevention tips above, but in this case you are helping prevent the spread of the condition. Try following these tips to treat mild to moderate athlete’s foot infections.

 

  • Try using over-the-counter sprays and creams designed specifically to combat athlete’s foot.

  • Soak your feet in warm water with antibacterial soap for 30 minutes a day.

  • If the condition does not show signs of improvement after two weeks, seek out the help of a medical professional, specifically a podiatrist.

 

If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic athlete’s foot give your local Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC office a call to schedule an appointment. Our friendly physicians and staff will be happy to help get you back on your feet again.

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