Athlete’s Foot is Not a Game
Athlete’s foot is caused by fungus that infects the skin of the foot. Although fungus can harm any part of the body, it often occurs on the feet due to the fact that they are usually encompassed in moist, warm and dark environments, which is where fungus grows the best. Another important fact is that fungal infections tend to happen more readily when it is warm outside. This infection is usually picked up at public pools, locker rooms or showers. This condition usually attacks the area in between the toes as that location is prone to trapping sweat, which will make for an inviting place for fungus to thrive. Symptoms associated with this condition include skin on the foot that has become dry and itches often. If left untreated, it can cause swelling, cracked skin or even a form of bacterial infection due to the open skin. This condition is contagious and can spread to other parts of the body if proper precautions are not taken. If you scratch an area of the foot infected with this fungus and use the same hand to touch other parts of your body, it can spread and lead to other complications. It’s important not to mistake this condition as dry skin since it can have the same appearance.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Refrain from walking barefoot in areas that have high levels of fungus, such as the public areas described above.
- Wash feet every day.
- Dry feet thoroughly to prevent a damp environment from developing. Wearing different socks throughout the day may help offset a buildup of moisture.
- Use antifungal sprays or powders to help prevent fungus from building up on feet or in shoes.
This condition can cause significant discomfort and spread to other areas or people if proper precautions are not taken. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM can help to determine the cause of your athlete’s foot, treat it and provide a sensible plan to help prevent your chances of recurrence.Please call our office at 504-302-1586 today so that we can help your feet fight off athlete’s foot for good!