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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
September 12, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete’s Foot  

Find out how to treat this common fungal infection of the foot.

While athlete’s foot isn’t serious it can certainly be uncomfortable and rather persistent. This fungal infection, also referred to as tinea Foot Funguspedis, is the result of a fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments. As you might imagine, this fungus can also thrive well on the feet, particularly between the toes. Find out the signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot, how to treat the infection and when you should turn to our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz for treatment.
 

Is it athlete’s foot?

If you are noticing a scaly rash on your feet that stings, burns or itches then you could very possibly be dealing with athlete’s foot. You may also notice blisters or ulcers within the rash. Itching may also get worse after removing shoes and socks. While this infection can develop anywhere on the foot it’s most commonly found between the toes.

This fungal infection is highly contagious; therefore, not only can you spread this infection to others by sharing towels or clothing, you can also catch this infection from other infected individuals.
 

How can I treat athlete’s foot?

Most people turn to over-the-counter fungal treatments before turning to our foot doctor for treatment. If you are a healthy individual then you can get away with treating the problem on your own. Those with diabetes or a compromised immune system should see their podiatrist right away and shouldn’t try to treat the problem alone. Furthermore, if you have a rash on your foot that doesn’t respond to at-home care you should also see your doctor.

There are over-the-counter creams that can effectively treat athlete’s foot and you won’t need a prescription for this medication. You can simply find it at your local drugstore. Make sure to follow the instructions to guarantee that you are using it properly and that you don’t go off the medication before you are supposed to, which can cause the infection to return.

There are also athlete’s foot powders that not only help with treating the infection but also can help stave off future infections. After all, athlete’s foot loves moist places. By using an over-the-counter foot powder, you can wick away moisture and sweat to make your feet a less hospitable environment for fungus.

Also, no matter what you do, it’s important that you never forget to wear sandals or protective shoes in locker rooms, gyms and communal showers. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself against any fungus that may be living on the floors or carpet of these rather damp and warm environments.
 

If you are dealing with persistent athlete’s foot, heel pain, plantar warts or other foot problems our podiatry team can help. We have two offices in Madison, WI, and one office in Stoughton, WI. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.

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