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What Is Athlete's Foot?

athletes foot 2Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. This fungus lives and thrives in warm, moist environments. Walking barefoot in public places such as swimming pools and locker room areas, sharing personal items like shoes and socks, having excessively sweaty or wet feet, or having a minor skin or nail injury on your foot can all make you more susceptible to athlete’s foot. If you have developed athlete’s foot, you may find that the skin on your feet is itchy, dry, cracking, peeling, or raw, especially in between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Potential treatments for athlete’s foot include oral and topical medications. If you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, a chiropodist can help find the right treatment for you. 

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with our physicians from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 

Symptoms

The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet
  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet
  • Scaly, red rash on the foot
  • Blisters 
  • Foul odor

Treatment

Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 

Prevention

Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day
  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas
  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others
  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vaughan, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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