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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!
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Your feet serve you well, and they are more complex than you may think. They are also prone to infections, particularly if you have a suppressed immune system, suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), are diabetic or have sustained an injury. However, anyone can get one of several common foot and nail infections.
Dr. Douglas Stabile and his associate podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of North Virginia, PC provide treatment for a wide array of foot and ankle conditions of the bone, soft tissue, and skin. These Stafford podiatrists want each and every one of their patients to have the healthiest and best functioning feet possible. They want you to know about common foot infections.
Cellulitis of the foot or ankle exhibits areas of red, tender, warm skin. Staph and strep bacteria are the most common infective agents, often gaining access through an ingrown toenail or trauma to the foot.
Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection of the skin and toenails. Tinea pedis is the cause, and because it thrives in damp, dark shoes and wet areas such as swimming pool decks and shower stalls it's hard to keep free of Athlete's Foot and fungal toenails. Characterized by red, cracked itchy skin, especially between the toes, or by yellowed, darkened, thick toenails, fungal infections are treated with local anti-fungal creams and other interventions.
Pain, fever, chills and localized redness and swelling characterize osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone in the foot or other areas of the body such as the long bone of the leg. The American Podiatric Medical Association states that this common infection often begins elsewhere and travels to the foot. Injury, diabetes, PVD and long-term use of catheters and IV lines set the stage for osteomyelitis. Injury, such as a dog bite, or implantation of a prosthetic joint and related hardware, are other common causes. Treatment includes debridement of diseased tissue and antibiotics.
Prevention of Foot Infections
Besides annual foot exams (and as needed check-ups for diabetic patients), Dr. Stabile advises common sense preventive measures to avoid foot infections:
- wearing well-fitting, well-supporting shoes with wide toe boxes
- changing socks every day
- washing feet daily and drying thoroughly, especially between the toes
- exercise, including stretching, as needed
- wearing shower sandals near swimming pools and in locker rooms
Come to See Us
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health rightly states that your feet are the main supports and means of day to day mobility. Stafford podiatrist Dr. Stabile and his friendly staff at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of North Virginia, PC provide a wide array of ways to keep your feet healthy and you pain-free and moving. Call the office today at 540-720-0700 if you have a question or concern or need to schedule a regular check-up.