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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 23, 2016
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Do you have an itchy rash on your feet or between your toes? Have you noticed patches of scaly, dry or blistered skin anywhere on your feet?

Athlete's foot is caused by a contagious fungus that thrives and spreads in warm, moist places like your socks and shoes. Because it is so contagious, you may have picked it up at a public place like a pool, locker room or shower. It's so easily spread that you may get it by wearing someone else's shoes!

And it also easily spreads on you. The fungus can broaden to include even the soles of your feet. If not treated effectively, the infection can be transmitted to your hands and other locations - jock itch is caused by the same fungus.

Athlete's foot may also be in disguise as it's not always itchy and it's not always between your toes. You may see excessive scaling or dry skin on your soles - this could be athlete's foot too.

Over-the-Counter Remedies Not Successful in Treating Athlete's Foot

Non-prescription anti-fungal products come in many forms such as powders, sprays or lotions. These may temporarily relieve the itchiness and dryness associated with athlete's foot, but chances are that the infection will return.

Have a professional evaluate your troublesome skin condition. At Clark Podiatry Center, we will give your feet a comprehensive examination. A prescription medication applied directly to the skin can further healing as it relieves your discomfort. For more stubborn cases, we'll prescribe oral medication along with the topical medicine to eliminate the fungus.

Prevent Athlete's Foot Before It Begins

Athlete's foot can be prevented by protecting your feet and taking good care of your feet and footwear:

  • Choose shoes made of materials that breathe like leather, or are well-ventilated.
  • Select socks that wick moisture away from the skin - cotton socks are not the best choice.
  • Don't linger in damp or sweaty socks or shoes. Change both at the same time.
  • Let your feet air out when you can, such as when relaxing at home.
  • Alternate between several pairs of shoes so they completely dry out when not in use.
  • Powder your feet frequently to absorb perspiration.
  • Don't walk barefoot in public places, especially pools and gyms. Take along flip flops or shower shoes.
  • Don't wear someone else's shoes and don't even use a towel that isn't yours.

Visit Us for Quick Relief from Athlete's Foot

You need professional help to get rid of a pesky athlete's foot fungal infection. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist can help relieve the irritation and bring about full healing. You can contact us for an appointment in our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Don't suffer with the itch of athlete's foot - call us today!

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