What You Need To Know About Athlete’s Foot
Are you combating itchy feet? Are they scaly and red? Is the sensation spreading? In this quick blog, we cover all that you need to know about Athlete’s Foot, including how to treat and prevent it.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection of the skin that usually begins between the toes but may occur anywhere on the appendage. This is also a condition that can develop along with fungal nail infections. Do not let the name fool you as this condition does not only affect athletes.
What Are The Causes?
A type of fungus causes Athlete’s Foot. Damp shoes or socks paired with humid conditions foster its growth because of excessive moisture. Tighter shoes can cause friction between the toes which can break the skin where the fungus enters and spreads.
This condition is contagious and can spread by skin contact or from contaminated surfaces and items like floors, footwear and towels. The fungus can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of Athlete’s Foot can differ from each patient. Some may experience severe irritation while others may experience few to no symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
Cracking, peeling, scaling, flaking feet
Softening and breaking of skin
Secondary bacterial infections may develop, especially if you scratch the area
How To Prevent Athlete’s Foot
Wear footwear in communal areas.
Do not share footwear, mats or towels.
Change your socks throughout the day or wear sweat-absorbing socks.
Choose breathable footwear.
Attend a podiatry appointment for routine advice and foot care, especially if you have diabetes.
Do not moisturise between your toes.
Dry well between the toes.
What Can A Podiatrist Do For Me?
A podiatrist can provide the best treatment options according to the condition and any medical conditions you may have. They can explain how to prevent infections as this condition is widespread and can reoccur. Your podiatrist will distinguish between bacterial and fungal infections. This is important as anti-fungal treatments will not get rid of bacterial infections.