We depend on our feet to get us through all the different facets of our lives, but sometimes we neglect their health. Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is one of the most common skin infections that affect your feet. It is a highly contagious fungal infection that generally develops between your toes, although it can certainly spread to other areas of your feet as well. If you have this condition and have had no luck with over-the-counter medication, it may be time to try a more professional approach. Beyond Podiatry features several locations in Michigan and Illinois. Each of our offices is staffed by professional podiatrists ready to address your concerns and help you get the treatment you need.
Causes of Athlete’s Foot
This infection can be contracted in many locations including gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools, communal showers, nail salons, and contaminated socks and clothing. Unfortunately, because it is a highly contagious infection, it can be spread directly from person to person by contact. Most people acquire fungus on their feet from walking barefoot in areas where someone else with an athlete’s foot has recently walked.
Signs of Athlete’s Foot
An athlete’s foot infection might start out as a little burning or itching between your toes. In fact, this infection can sometimes be mistaken for eczema or having dry skin, so it’s important to seek medical attention to get a proper diagnosis early on. If not properly addressed, your symptoms can worsen quickly. As the infection builds up, you may experience a scaly rash, blisters, ulcers, as well as redness and inflammation in the infected site.
If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of this infection, it is important to get in touch with us for a thorough examination. In most cases, an experienced podiatrist can diagnose an athlete’s foot infection on the spot, simply by examining your rash. For a more thorough analysis, our specialists at Beyond Podiatry can take skin scrapings and evaluate your skin under a microscope. Once they confirm your case of athlete’s foot, they will talk with you to determine a course of action for your treatment plan which may include:
- Prescription-strength topical antifungal ointments
- Oral antifungal medications
- Anti-itch powders or sprays
Athlete’s Foot Treatment in Michigan, Illinois, & Kentucky
If you are experiencing redness, soreness, and tenderness between your toes, it’s time to visit the podiatry team at Beyond Podiatry to see if you have athlete’s foot. Our team has safe and effective treatment options to rid your discomfort. Book your appointment at your closest location by using the online scheduler or by phone.