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What your podiatrists in Gresham want you to know
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!
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!