What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection affecting the toes and feet. It causes an itchy rash that typically starts between the toes and gradually spreads across the foot. The condition often affects people who frequently experience sweaty feet and wear tight-fitting shoes, which creates restricted airflow between the toes. Active people are at higher risk of developing athlete’s foot, but this name is deceptive as athlete’s foot can affect anyone, regardless of their lifestyle.
Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) is related to a range of other fungal infections and can be treated with antifungal medications. It is important to treat athlete’s foot at an early stage, as it is contagious and can spread via contaminated surfaces. There are two forms of Tinea Pedis: acute and chronic. The acute form usually develops between the toes with associated burning, cracking, and itching. The chronic form is usually asymptomatic and appears to the untrained eye as dry scaly skin on the bottom of the foot.
How Did I Develop Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by dermatophytes – a category of fungi that cause a range of conditions, including ringworm and jock itch. If you start experiencing athlete’s foot symptoms, you have likely encountered an infected person or a contaminated surface. Common transmission zones include floors, shoes, and towels – hence why many people develop athlete’s foot after visiting a public locker room or shower. To catch athlete’s foot from someone else usually requires direct contact with the affected part of their body.
Avoiding Athlete’s Foot
It is worth taking preventative measures to avoid athlete’s foot. Top tips include:
- Change your socks regularly: You should maintain a strict hygiene regimen to avoid developing health issues. We recommend changing your socks at least once a day. If you are sporty, moisture-wicking socks can help prevent your feet from getting too sweaty during a workout.
- Protect your feet in public places: Wear waterproof shoes when walking around public showers, pools, and locker rooms.
- Wash your feet every day: Remember to wash your feet with warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly before wearing socks. If you’re prone to athlete’s foot, medicated powders can help prevent recurrences.
- Alternate your shoes: Try to avoid wearing the same pair of shoes on consecutive days, as this will allow your shoes to dry and air out.
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Are you struggling with raw, itchy feet? Do not suffer in silence! We are here to treat all kinds of foot-related conditions. If you suspect you have athlete’s foot, get in touch with us today at (252) 638-4700 or contact us online.