Spotting Signs of Athlete’s Foot
In spite of the name, athlete’s foot is not a condition that only happens to athletes or as a result of athletic participation. Instead, this is a common fungal infection that usually develops between your toes—areas which often create a hospitable environment for the offensive fungus—and then spreads out over the skin of your foot. The fungus that causes the athlete’s foot is easily transmitted by contact, even from indirect sources like shoes, towels, and floors.
The various warning signs of athlete’s foot can be experienced either individually or as a combination of symptoms. These often include:
- Burning, itching sensations that become increasingly intense as the infection spreads.
- A red, scaly rash that often accompanies dry skin.
- Inflammation, blisters, and foot ulcers.
We’ve noted that this condition does not only happen to athletes, but there are circumstances that go hand-in-hand with athletics that can increase the likelihood of it occurring. Examples of this include wearing damp socks (especially those drenched with sweat), sharing towels in a locker room, or showering in a communal area without wearing protective footwear.
In addition to athletic-related risk factors, certain demographics of the general population are more likely to contract a case of athlete’s foot than others. Men, individuals who have weakened immune systems, and those who often use gym locker rooms and showers or frequent swimming pools are all more prone to developing tinea pedis.
Over-the-counter, antifungal sprays, powders, and lotions tend to be quite effective when it comes to treating mild cases of this infection. The containers for these products will often specify an appropriate amount of time to see results, but if your condition is not improving you should schedule an appointment with Capital District Podiatry. We can provide stronger treatment, which may entail oral antifungal pills or topical medication to clear up the infection.
For more information on athlete’s foot, fungal infections in the feet, or any of the services we provide, give us a call at (518) 273-0053. One of our staff members will be happy to answer any questions or help schedule your visit with either of our Troy or Clifton Park offices. If you’d prefer, take advantage of our online form and request your appointment right now.