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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 18, 2016
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

The weather is warming up and that leads to people going barefoot, which means at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we’ll start seeing more cases of Athlete’s Foot. The reason being that Athlete’s Foot is spread by direct contact with the fungus that causes the condition.

Recognizing Athlete’s Foot

How do you know if you have Athlete’s Foot? It most often starts between the toes as an itchy, red rash. It will then progress to the soles of the feet and as the condition worsens, you may notice these symptoms as well:

  • Stinging

  • Burning

  • Redness

  • Scaly or flaky skin

  • Oozing blisters

  • Thickened or discolored nails

Left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body as well.

Treatment

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will most likely be able to diagnose your Athlete’s Foot by examination. Treatment of the infection may consist of prescription oral or topical antifungal medication as well as foot powders and antibiotics if a bacterial infection has developed.

Avoiding Fungal Infections

Of course the best scenario is to avoid Athlete’s Foot in the first place. Here’s how:

  • Practice good foot hygiene: wash feet daily and change your socks every day—more often if you tend to have feet that perspire excessively.

  • Avoid going barefoot in damp public places such as community pools, gym locker rooms, showers, etc.

  • Don’t share socks, shoes or anything that touches the feet.

  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight in the toe box—keeping toes squished together in a closed in, dark space makes feet sweat and creates the perfect environment for fungal infections to flourish.

If you suspect you have Athlete’s Foot, contact our Washington office today for an appointment and get treatment before it spreads.

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