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A Comprehensive Overview of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, unfolds as an uncomfortable and often itchy condition affecting the feet. This ailment thrives in warm and damp environments, making sweaty socks and tight shoes an ideal breeding ground for the fungus trichophyton. The infection typically begins between the toes, presenting as redness, itching, and a burning sensation. As it progresses, athlete's foot can lead to the development of blisters and the peeling of the skin. Beyond the discomfort, this contagious infection can spread to other parts of the body or to others through contact. Prevention involves keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and practicing good hygiene. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition and prescribe medication, if warranted.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care.  Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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