Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is typically found in the feet. Certain things can increase one’s risk to contracting the infection, including contact with a person with Athlete’s foot; contact with a surface contaminated by tinea fungus; going barefoot to communal baths and showers, swimming pools, or locker rooms; sweaty feet; tight or closed shoes; and keeping the feet wet for an extended period of time.
For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.