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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a common and often annoying fungal infection that causes red, itchy, burning skin that’s dry and scaly between the toes and on the tops, bottoms and sides of the feet. It’s common among children and teens, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see plenty of cases in adults too. Athlete’s foot is spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi that cause the infection. That means there are steps you can take to prevent, or at least greatly reduce your chances of getting it. These include:

  1. Do not walk barefoot in public places, particularly those that are damp and humid such as community pools, gym showers and locker rooms.
  2. Wear absorbent socks and change them frequently if you tend to sweat excessively.
  3. Do not wear other people’s socks or shoes and avoid using towels, nail clippers, emery boards or any other items that may have touched someone else’s feet first.
  4. Keep feet dry by using a talcum powder each morning.
  5. Choose shoes that are made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate.
  6. Wash your feet in warm water and a mild soap each night. Dry thoroughly, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.

Don’t Wait to Get Treatment

If, despite your best efforts to avoid athlete’s foot, you think you may have it, contact our Pooler office sooner rather than later. As athlete’s foot progresses, blisters may form and skin can crack. This opens up the door for infection. The fungal infection can also spread to other parts of your body, including your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the skin on your foot and determine the cause of the inflammation. Sometimes other foot disorders will have similar symptoms to athlete’s foot. Proper diagnosis is important to ensure that the correct treatment is prescribed. For athlete’s foot, there are both topical and oral medications available and the foot doctor will choose the one the will most effectively treat your infection.

Contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment by calling us at: (912) 330-8885.

 

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