Rise Above Athlete’s Foot
Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry are well experienced with diagnosing and treating athlete’s foot. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more about how to treat this condition.
Athlete’s foot is contagious and it’s a fungal infection. It thrives in warm and moist conditions which most commonly for your feet happens to be in your shoes. This condition basically causes itchy, flaky and cracking skin on the feet. It presents itself as a rash and is actually the most common skin infection caused by fungus and can spread very easily by touching the feet of another person with it or by walking near pools or locker rooms. Those who contract this condition are more likely to get it again. Individuals that are likely to contract this condition more frequently may have genetic predispositions, allergies, a weakened immune system, reduced circulation or diabetes.
This condition is diagnosed if the foot looks uncommon or if a test for fungi turns up positive and can be treated with antifungal treatments, medicated lotion or medication. You should also keep your feet clean by washing and drying them daily, wearing sandals in shared locker rooms and pools. Powders also help keep feet stay dry. Shoes that allow moisture to escape are also great for preventing the onset of athlete’s foot. For those who are active, it’s important not to wash or dry your feet directly after exercising. Sharing shocks or towels with others can also be dangerous for contacting this condition. Don’t wear wet or worn socks and avoid shoes and socks that cause the feet to sweat in great amounts. Shoes should not be worn down and they should be rotated frequently so they have the chance to air out and prevent the growth of fungus that can spread to your feet.
Contact our offices today and we will help to make sure you are taking the correct precautions or utilizing the best treatments to help you rise above athlete’s foot today!