The foot condition that is known as athlete’s foot is generally not a serious ailment, despite how uncomfortable it can be. Prompt medical attention is often sought for relief, which may help prevent further foot conditions. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that lives in warm, moist environments. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and similar areas. Athlete's foot is considered to be contagious, and it is beneficial to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, and towels. Additionally, it is helpful to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of areas, such as flip-flops or water shoes. The beginning signs of this condition may consist of red patches that can form between the toes or on the bottom of the foot. In severe cases, small blisters may develop. If you have signs of having athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment options.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
- Scaly and peeling skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.