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What Are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

The foot condition known as athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable. In severe cases, blisters can develop on the feet and often between the toes. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, and can enter the body through small cracks in the skin on the feet. The symptoms it can produce are red skin and itchiness, and the feet are often dry and scaly. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, including public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. Effective preventive methods can consist of washing and drying the feet thoroughly, and refraining from sharing shoes and socks. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes, such as flip flops or water shoes, while in these types of areas. Any severity of athlete's foot is often seen by a podiatrist to ensure it is diagnosed and treated properly, and it is suggested to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible if you have this condition. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Livonia
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14555 Levan Road
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Livonia, MI 48154
Southfield
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Southfield, MI 48034

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