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Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Painful foot infections can make it difficult to walk or enjoy your usual activities. Stanley Leis, DPM, Rebecca Smiley-Leis, DPM, Stewart Jones, DPM, Kerry Anderson, DPM, and Randall Benedict, DPM, the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise, ID, are here to share information on several common foot infections and treatments.
You don't have to be an athlete to develop this common fungal infection. The fungus that causes the infection lives in warm, humid places and thrives in showers and damp socks. Athlete's foot is contagious, which is why it's best to wear shower shoes when you use a communal shower room. The infection causes a scaly, itchy rash between your toes. Over-the-counter sprays and creams are usually effective, but if your symptoms continue longer than a few weeks, or if you have diabetes, see your podiatrist. He or she can prescribe stronger anti-fungal medications that will clear up the fungus.
Toenail infections are often caused by an ingrown toenail, although injuries can also cause infections. In addition to pain, you may notice that the skin around the ingrown toenail or injured area is red and swollen. Podiatrists use antibiotics to treat the infection. Your doctor may also recommend removing all or part of your toenail.
Cellulitis is a skin infection that occurs when bacteria enters your body through breaks in the skin. Calluses, broken blister, eczema, corns, areas of dry skin or ingrown toenails can cause tiny breaks that allow bacteria to enter. Symptoms of cellulitis include redness, pain, warmth, fever, chills, red streaks or pus. Podiatrists treat cellulitis with antibiotics. In severe cases, intravenous antibiotics or surgery may be needed to clear the infection.
Diabetic foot infections
People who have diabetes are more likely to develop foot infections due to nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet. When you have diabetes, healing of foot infections also takes longer. People who have diabetes are at increased risk of developing osteomyelitis, a bone infection, that may require the removal of the affected bone if antibiotics aren't helpful. If you have diabetes, inspect your feet daily and call your Boise podiatrist immediately if you spot any signs of injury or infection.
Are you concerned about a foot issue? Your Boise, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates can help. Call us at (208) to schedule an appointment.