Athlete’s Foot; Problems, Treatment, and Prevention

As the name implies, athlete’s foot is a common problem for those who like to keep active. Whether you enjoy jogging, cycling, or playing sports, a fungal infection is never out of the equation. Moisture is the primary cause of this highly contagious condition. The issue is that stopping activity is not a reasonable way of treating the problem.

You enjoy an active lifestyle; we understand that. Here at Beyond Podiatry, our goal is to give your feet the care they need no matter your lifestyle. If you have noticed signs of athlete’s foot, we’re here to help. Below is information on what causes the condition and the treatments we can provide. For more help, why not give one of our offices a call? Beyond Podiatry, clinics are located in Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan. If you’re ready, get in touch today!

How Do I Know If I Have Athlete’s Foot?

Doctor examining a patient's foot

It can come on unexpectedly. You could come home from a run and notice a sensation of burning or itching between your toes. In many cases, this sensation could be mistaken for dry skin. If you brush it off, the infection can spread quickly, leading to a scaly rash. After that, blisters, ulcers, and inflammation are soon to follow.

The fungus associated with this condition is called tinea. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms or showers. For this reason, being cautious in these kinds of public places is very important. Getting athlete’s foot is easy, but getting rid of it is another matter altogether.

Why Do I Need Treatment?

In most cases, athlete’s foot is not a life-threatening condition. However, certain complications can arise if this problem isn’t addressed quickly. In some cases, you can develop an allergic reaction to the fungus. This can cause blistering on the feet or hands. 

There can be more severe complications if you get a bacterial infection as well. If this happens, your foot might become swollen, painful, and hot. It’s common to have pus, drainage, and fever if you get a bacterial infection. An infection could also spread to your lymph system, causing damage to your lymph nodes.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Our Beyond Podiatry offices are staffed by experienced podiatrists who can diagnose an athlete’s foot infection on the spot. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, they can provide you with effective treatment in the form of medication.

We offer both topical antifungal ointments and oral medications. These can help your body fight the infection and gradually improve your condition. Along with this, we can provide anti-itch powders or sprays to help you find relief immediately.

Where Can I Get Help for Athlete’s Foot?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of athlete’s foot, don’t wait! Get in touch with one of our Beyond Podiatry offices today. Our team has safe and effective treatment options to help you feel better in no time. Book your appointment at your closest location by using the online scheduler or by phone.