How do you know if you have athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot can appear in many different ways and affect different areas of the foot. The most common place to find athlete’s foot is between the toes and other moist areas. Athlete’s foot will often present itself with swollen, warm to the touch skin. It is also notorious for causing severe itching, burning and stinging sensations. If left untreated, athlete’s foot can cause blisters, scaling of the skin and pain.
If these symptoms describe your condition and it has been bothersome for a long period of time, you should contact our podiatric office. We will be able to prescribe an effective treatment and get your feet feeling normal once again. We have two conveniently located offices in Hudson and Spring Hill Florida.
How can you get athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Dermatophytes thrive in warm, moist environments making athlete’s foot commonly obtained when using public restrooms, pools, showers and athletic locker rooms. Furthermore, athlete’s foot can spread through contaminated surfaces such as towels, floors, bed sheets and socks.
Due to sweating and being enclosed, your shoes and socks are a prime location for these fungi to live. They constrict air flow to the foot can allow the condition to progress. With athlete’s foot being a contagious infection, it is important that you use clean towels and socks every day. By practicing proper foot hygiene, you can prevent the condition from getting worse. However, even with good hygiene, athlete’s foot can be stubborn and may need more aggressive treatment at our podiatric office.
How can you treat athlete’s foot?
Each case of athlete’s foot varies from one person to another and treating it can range from easy to difficult. Like many other conditions, prevention is one of the best treatments. By following these easy steps you can help prevent and treat athlete’s foot:
- Clean all surfaces in your house regularly. If you have athlete’s foot, cleaning your sheets, towels, socks and shoes can help prevent your condition from reoccurring.
- Wear shoes and thick socks that keep your feet dry. By avoiding tight shoes and thin socks, you can keep your feet dry, and therefore eliminate an environment for athlete’s foot to thrive in.
- Over the counter creams or powders. Visit your local pharmacy and ask about their products. Be aware though as in many occasions these creams will lack the strength needed to treat your condition.
What can we do for your athlete’s foot?
For those with a weak immune system, this type of infection can be stubborn. At our office we can help stop the irritating effects by fully assessing your condition. In some cases prescription pills or creams will be most effective.
With over 30 years of experience, foot and ankle specialist Dr. Lawrence Kales will be able to prescribe the most effective treatment for your specific needs. You can call our Hudson office at (727) 868-2128 or you can call our Spring Hill office at (352) 683-5799.
If home methods are not helping and you are sick and tired of your athlete’s foot, contact one of our podiatric offices and get treatment immediately. Call Bayonet Point Foot Health Center, conveniently located in Hudson Florida, at (727) 868-2128. You may also call our Spring Hill Podiatry Center at (352) 683-5799. Also for your convenience we have added a feature to request an appointment online.