How to Prevent Athlete's Foot And How We Can Help

By Gresham Podiatry Center
June 27, 2017
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

What your podiatrists in Gresham want you to knowAthlete's Foot

If your feet look red and scaly, and they itch uncontrollably, there is a good chance you have athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus which invades your feet and starts growing on the surface of your skin. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent athlete’s foot and effective treatments for the annoying skin condition. Your podiatrists at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR want to share what you need to know about athlete’s foot.

You may have athlete’s foot if you experience:

  • A red, scaly rash
  • A rash in between your toes
  • Itching which gets worse after you remove your socks and shoes
  • Blisters or ulcers on the skin of your feet

You can get athlete’s foot from surfaces in warm, moist places like public showers, changing rooms and gyms. You can also acquire athlete’s foot from wearing sweat-dampened socks and closed shoes.

Men are more likely to suffer from athlete’s foot, but there are several ways to prevent getting the condition. Remember to:

  • Wear sandals or flip-flops when you go into public showers, pools, locker rooms or saunas
  • Avoid sharing sheets, mats, socks, shoes and other items with someone who has athlete’s foot
  • Avoid wearing damp socks or tight, closed shoes

If you do get athlete’s foot, you can try and treat it yourself by:

  • Using an antibacterial soap to wash your feet
  • Keeping your feet dry and applying an antifungal cream
  • Changing your socks regularly

If your athlete’s foot doesn’t resolve on its own, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Prescription strength foot cream or lotion
  • Prescription antifungal oral medication

If your athlete’s foot goes untreated, you can spread the condition to other parts of your body, so remember not to pick or scratch the rash because it can travel under your fingernails and infect your hands. Your hands can then infect other body parts. Athlete’s foot can also travel on towels and bedding, giving you a generalized, itchy, red rash.

You can prevent the spread of athlete’s foot by getting prompt, effective treatment from your podiatrists in Gresham. To find out more about athlete’s foot and other foot conditions, call your podiatrists at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR today!