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Can Athlete’s Foot Be Prevented?

Athlete’s foot is a common foot condition that can affect people from all walks of life. Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and it develops due to a fungal infection. The fungus that is associated with athlete’s foot lives and breathes in warm and moist environments consisting of public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. The fungus enters the body and infects the top layer of skin on the feet. It can cause itchiness and redness, and in severe cases, small blisters may form. Preventive measures can include washing and drying the feet daily and wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, or towels, and using a disinfecting spray for the inside of the shoes may help to eliminate the fungus. Patients with this condition are urged to consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe effective medication to treat athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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