Athlete’s foot is a common and mostly minor foot condition, but if you don’t treat it when it first starts, it might develop into a more troublesome infection. If your athlete's foot isn’t clearing up with over-the-counter remedies, the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, can help. Their experienced foot care experts provide a range of effective treatments to cure athlete’s foot and prevent secondary infection, so call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus. Fungus commonly attacks the feet because it thrives in a dark, moist, warm environment like shoes.
Fungal infections show up most commonly during warm weather when your feet sweat more. The fungus thrives in damp areas like swimming pools, shower rooms, and locker rooms, and as athletes commonly have sweaty feet and use these types of facilities, the condition is known as athlete's foot.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot are often first seen in between the toes, then on the soles of your feet. Typical symptoms include:
Cracking and blistering usually show up in more advanced cases, and at this stage, you could also get a bacterial infection on top of the fungal infection. The infection can spread to your toenails and elsewhere on your body.
A range of over-the-counter anti-fungal powders, sprays, and creams can be used to treat your athlete’s foot.
You should also try to keep your feet as dry as possible and make sure you wash them every day with soap and water. Dry your feet thoroughly afterward, including between your toes. If your feet sweat a lot it’s a good idea to change your socks at least once during the day.
Avoid wearing shoes made of synthetic materials like vinyl or rubber, and choose well-ventilated, lightweight shoes made of natural materials like cotton or leather instead. Change your shoes each day so they get a chance to dry out, and don’t wear someone else’s shoes — or let them wear yours.
When you’re in a public place, don’t go barefoot. Wear waterproof shoes or sandals when you’re at the gym or the pool, and use antifungal powder on your feet every day.
Sometimes athlete’s foot doesn’t respond to self-care measures, in which case you should visit Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers. You might need to use a prescription-strength medication on your feet, and if the infection is particularly severe you might need to take a prescription antifungal medication.
If you have athlete’s foot and it isn’t improving with home remedies, call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers office nearest you to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist, or book an appointment online.