Athlete’s Foot Q & A
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot, which is medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that typically develops between your toes, though it can spread to the soles of your feet. Athlete’s foot isn’t usually serious, but it can lead to:
- Redness (a scaly rash)
If you scratch or pick at your athlete’s foot, you do run the risk of spreading the condition to other areas of your feet, as well as to your groin, under your arms, to your hands, and your nails.
For people with diabetes, athlete’s foot presents a more serious problem since any break in their skin that can lead to an ulcer or blister is cause for concern. If you see a rash developing, it’s important that you get in to see a podiatrist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center straight away.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is so named because the fungus that’s responsible for the infection thrives in dark, moist environments, such as sweaty athletic shoes and socks. The fungus often transfers through exposure in locker rooms or public showers and swimming pools. It can also be found in sweaty and wet towels, footwear, and even bed linens.
How is Athlete’s Foot Treated?
After performing a physical examination, your podiatrist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center typically prescribes an antifungal medication, which you can apply topically or take orally. If you’ve developed open wounds because of the condition, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection.
If you have recurrent athlete’s foot infections, it’s important to address what may be the cause.
How Can I Avoid Athlete’s Foot?
The best way to deal with athlete’s foot is to avoid it altogether, which you can do by:
- Wearing shoes in public places (flip flops in showers, etc.)
- Swapping out sweaty socks for dry, clean ones
- Thoroughly washing and drying your feet after sweating
- Avoiding sharing towels or footgear with others
- Wearing well-ventilated shoes when you exercise
With a little vigilance, you can protect your feet from this uncomfortable fungal infection.
For quick resolution of your athlete’s foot, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.