Do I Have Athlete's Foot?

Remaining active is a crucial part of keeping your body healthy and working properly. However, physical exertion often means perspiration, especially when it comes to your feet, resulting in frustrating and irritating conditions like athlete’s foot. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you understand and treat this condition and take the right precautions to prevent it altogether. Find out more about athlete’s foot and what it means for you with Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia with locations in Lake Ridge, VA, and Stafford, VA.

What is athlete’s foot?
Though the name implies otherwise, athlete’s foot can happen to anyone, not just athletes. However, this fungal infection often occurs in athletes due to frequently being in moist, damp places like locker rooms, which are the perfect environment in which fungi grow, and experience more vigorous activity which causes increased perspiration. Though the condition isn’t serious, it is often stubborn and can take the help of your podiatrist before it goes away for good.

Do I have athlete's foot?
The symptoms of athlete’s foot begin with itching, stinging skin on the bottom of the foot and can progress into painful blisters and cracked skin. You will probably also notice cracking, itchiness, dry, raw skin, and burning between the toes. You may also have discolored, thickened, or crumbly toenails which pull away from the nail bed, meaning the infection has spread to the toenails.

How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Preventing athlete’s foot is as easy as avoiding contact with the fungus itself. The fungus which causes athlete’s foot is often found in damp, enclosed places, like a public pool, locker room, or public showers. Due to its highly contagious nature, people spread athlete’s foot by simply coming into contact with a surface and leaving behind some of the fungus, which another person may then walk over and become infected with athlete’s foot. Always wear shower shoes in these at-risk areas and ensure that you keep your feet clean and dry, wearing fresh socks daily and ensuring that you clean your feet immediately after activities which cause perspiration.

Treating Athlete’s Foot in Lake Ridge, VA, and Stafford, VA
Your foot doctor can help you overcome even the most stubborn case of athlete’s foot. You should contact your doctor if you fail to see improvement with over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams available at drug stores. Then, your doctor may suggest prescription-strength antifungal creams, ointments, or even oral pills.

For more information on athlete’s foot and its treatment options, please contact Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia with locations in Lake Ridge, VA, and Stafford, VA. Call (703) 491-9500 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the Lake Ridge office or (540) 720-0700 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the Stafford location today!

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Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

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