Kick-Off Bothersome Athleteâ€™s Foot
Athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot conditions. It affects the sole of the foot as well as the skin between the toes. It is medically known as tinea pedis, and it not only affects athletes, but non-athletes as well.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot
There is a variety of fungi that causes athlete’s foot. These fungi can be contracted in different public places such as gyms, swimming pools, locker rooms, and nail salons. You can also contract these fungi from contaminated clothing or socks. It can be spread directly from person-to-person by contact. Some people acquire the fungi from walking barefoot in areas where another person with athlete’s foot has previously walked on. In places where there are warmth and moisture, fungi are known to thrive.
What Are Its Symptoms
Some individuals who have developed this foot condition have no symptoms at all, and some are not even aware that they have an infection. Some people think that they simply have dry skin on the soles of their feet. Some symptoms typically include various degrees of a burning and itching sensation. The skin might also frequently peel and in some severe cases, there are also some cracking, bleeding and pain involved. In some rare cases, blisters tend to develop, too.
Common Types of Fungal Athlete’s Foot
*Moccasin Type – develops on the soles of the feet
*Interdigital Type – develops between the toes
*Inflammatory Type – blistering
The treatment of tinea pedis can be divided into two parts. The first (and most important part) is making the infected area less suitable for the fungi to grow – basically, this means keeping the area clean and dry. Some shoe materials such as vinyl can cause feet to remain moist. This is an excellent area for fungi to thrive in. Absorbent socks made from cotton wick water away – this helps your feet. Some foot powder, especially medicated ones, help in keeping our feet dry.
The second part of the treatment is the use of antifungal washes and creams. For this option, it is best to have an appointment with Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM. There are different types of medications available so it is best to talk with him as he will be able to recommend a treatment option that will work best for you. Some medications also come in oral pills – these are used in more advanced and resistant cases of athlete’s foot.
If the infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must be treated to avoid reinfection of the feet. Set up an appointment today with Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM if you are suffering from this bothersome foot condition.