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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 25, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

It’s summertime and that means fun at the pool and beach, but it also means we at The Foot & Ankle Center will be seeing more cases of athlete’s foot. Why? The fungi that cause this infection love warm, damp places and athlete’s foot is easily spread by direct contact.

Signs of Infection

Your toes are usually the first place that athlete’s foot develops. Dry, itchy skin on and between your toes is the norm with inflammation and blisters forming as the infection progresses. Athlete’s foot can also spread to the soles of your feet, toenails and other parts of the body too if not treated promptly.

Treatment

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will evaluate your athlete’s foot and prescribe the best treatment for you. Fungicidal chemicals are often used to treat athlete’s  foot but sometimes they do not get the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For those more persistent cases, the foot doctor may prescribe some kind of antifungal medication, either topical or oral to get rid of athlete’s foot.  Of course, preventing athlete’s foot in the first place is your best choice. Take the following precautions:

  • Don’t go barefoot in public places such as pools, changing areas, locker rooms, gyms and even the nail salon.

  • Wear socks and shoes that are made of breathable materials and allow for air circulation.

  • Choose absorbent socks that will help keep your feet dry and change them frequently if you sweat profusely.

  • Use a talcum or anti-fungal powder on your feet.

In addition to athlete’s foot, there are other conditions that affect the skin on your feet that would have similar symptoms. If you are experiencing any irritation or discomfort on the skin of your feet, have noticed changes in the color, or your skin is peeling or cracking, be sure to contact our Pooler office for an appointment.

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885