Ways to Prevent Athlete's Foot and How We Can Help
Though the name implies otherwise, anyone, both athletes and non-athletes alike, can get athlete’s foot. This condition can be frustrating and irritating, causing pain, burning and even blistering or scaling. However, preventing athlete’s foot is simple with help from your Gresham, OR podiatrist.
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection known medically as tinea pedis. The condition is common among those who are often in places similar to locker rooms, hence the name. Though it is most common on the soles of the feet and between the toes, the infection can sometimes spread to the hands, body and groin. Athlete’s foot causes the skin to become itchy, often burning and becoming painful. The infection may also become weepy and ooze.
How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
The key to preventing athlete’s foot is to avoid situations where the fungus may transfer onto your foot or from your foot to other parts of the body. Always wear some kind of protection on your feet, such as sandals, when walking in a damp place such as a locker room or public pool. Keep your feet clean and dry, allowing your shoes to air out for at least 24 hours before wearing them again. Wear moisture wicking socks and change them often. Using talcum or antifungal powder on your feet may also help prevent athlete’s foot.
How can my Gresham podiatrist help?
If you find yourself experiencing the symptoms of athlete’s foot, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. After an examination to determine if there are any underlying conditions or complications, your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your athlete’s foot. Over-the-counter antifungal creams are often used to treat athlete’s foot. Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications for reoccurring or severe cases of athlete’s foot.
For more information on athlete’s foot and how you and your podiatrist can work together to prevent it, please contact Dr. Derek J. McCammon at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR. Call (503) 667-6600 to speak with an associate about scheduling your regular foot examination today!