Receive your FREE copy
of Dr. Philip S. Pinsker's book today!

I wrote this book because
too many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker

 

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT Online  Form

                                                                                             OR  Call today!  (724) 225- 7410 

FIND OUR OFFICE
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA, 15301

Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax

Archive:

Tags

Categories:

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 06, 2018
Category: Fungal Problems
Tags: Athlete's Foot   toenails  

Warm weather and bare feet mean we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM will be seeing an increase in the number of cases of athlete’s foot. Officially known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which is highly contagious. Initially, athlete’s foot may be more of an annoyance than a serious medical condition. Symptoms, which usually start between your toes and then progress to the soles of your feet, include: red, very itchy, possibly burning patches of skin that may flake and scale. If not treated, however, it can become more severe and persistent, causing blisters that ooze and opening the door for a secondary bacterial infection. Eventually, it can spread to toenails and other parts of your body. Below are some do’s and don’ts for avoiding this condition:

Do: wear flip-flops or sandal shoes whenever you are in a public place where others walk barefooted. This is particularly important in warm, moist environments like gyms, community pools, changing areas and locker rooms. Fungus thrives in these types of conditions.

Don’t: share shoes, socks, flip-flops, towels, nail clippers or any other items that have touched the foot of another person. If someone in your household has athlete’s foot you can even catch it from the sheets if you sleep in the same bed.

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes.

Do: apply an anti-fungal or talcum powder to your feet in the morning to help keep feet dry. If your feet feel damp, change your socks immediately.

Do: rotate your shoes. Try not to wear the same pair multiple days in a row. Give shoes a chance to air out.

Don’t: go to a nail salon for pedicures if the salon does not have a license from the state health or cosmetology department. The salon should look clean overall and foot baths and tools should be properly sanitized between clients.

If despite your best efforts you find an itchy rash on your feet, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will determine if the rash is being caused by athlete’s foot or another condition and then prescribe the treatment to bring you relief.

Comments: