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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!
At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we treat a wide variety of toe, foot and ankle disorders. What we find is that one of the best “treatments” is prevention. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your feet:
Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet daily and dry them completely, especially between your toes.
Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. If you are a serious athlete, buy shoes designed for your specific sport. Limit time in high heels.
Be sure all your shoes fit well. One of the biggest causes of foot problems is improperly fitting shoes. There should be at least a half inch between you longest toe and the inside of your shoe. Be sure shoes fit snugly in the heel and also that there are no places where the shoe rubs on your foot. Tip: shop for shoes at the end of the day—that’s when your foot tends to be at its largest. Do not wear shoes that are worn out and have lost their shape.
Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Don’t round or cut in the corners as this can lead to ingrown nails.
Limit the amount of time you walk barefoot to greatly reduce your risk of injury and infection. Be sure to wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like gym showers and community pools to avoid athlete’s foot.
Apply sun block to your feet just as you would the rest of your body.
Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
Look your feet over regularly. If you notice changes in size, shape or color of your feet or nails or skin issues such as rashes, cracks, peeling or cuts that don’t seem to be healing or anything else unusual, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond.
You only get one set of feet! Take care of them and they’ll take you where you want to go for many years to come.
Did you know that according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) improper care of your feet during exercise is a factor in over 300 foot injuries and disorder? At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we want our patients to be in good shape but not at the expense of your feet. Here are some ways you can protect your podiatric health while you work out:
Get a Check Up: We’ve all heard how you should “consult your physician” before starting a new exercise program but many people neglect to realize that includes your feet. If you’ve had previous injuries or have existing conditions such as bunions or flat feet, your podiatrists can make specific recommendations regarding activities and footwear that will be less stressful on your trouble spots.
Listen to Your Feet: Pain is never normal. While you may experience sore muscles when you first start a new sport or program, stabbing pain, extreme pain or pain that doesn’t go away is a sign that something is wrong. Continuing to bear weight on a hurt foot or engaging in the same motion that is causing the pain will most likely lead to serious injury.
Get the Gear: You can skip the fancy shorts or sports logo t-shirt but don’t skimp on quality footwear. Today, footwear is designed specifically for the motion that a particular sport requires. Having fitness shoes or sneakers that fit properly and support your foot where needed is one of the biggest precautions you can take to prevent sports injuries. Get professionally fitted by someone experienced with sport shoes.
Sweat the Small Stuff: Some common foot problems that occur with exercise are blisters, shin splints, athlete’s foot, corns and calluses. Although none of these are major medical problems, don’t ignore them. For any of these or more serious pain and discomfort, make an appointment at our Reading office to see one of our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. by calling (781) 944-4044.
Having itchy feet, particularly if you’re wearing socks and shoes and can’t get at them, can make you crazy! At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we treat many patients whose complaint is that their feet itch. There are, however, several different disorders that have itching as a symptom and they require different treatments.
Our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. will need to examine your foot and will want to ask you questions about your recent activities. Some common conditions that cause your feet to itch include:
Athlete’s foot—also known as tinea pedis, this is a fungal infection that usually starts between your toes. Initial symptoms are usually Itchy, red skin that’s dry and scaly. Athlete’s foot can spread to the soles of your feet and even blister if left untreated.
Dermatitis—this condition has two categories. Primary irritant dermatitis is a reaction to exposure to a harsh substance. This can occur if you have excessive exposure to chemicals, oil, or even hot water. Allergic contact dermatitis is the result of an allergic reaction to something like the dye in your socks, athletic tape or other material that has come in contact with your foot.
Xerosis—this is just a fancy medical term for very dry skin. Xerosis can develop from excessive showering or exposure to water, particularly hot water or using a soap that is very drying. Usually apply an extra-emollient moisturizer several times a day for a week or so takes care of this problem.
Once the foot doctor determines the cause of your itchy skin the proper treatment can be prescribed. Although these conditions are more of a nuisance than a medical threat for most people, patients with diabetes need to be extra cautious as any of these rashes can become infected and lead to long term problems. For all patients, however, it’s best to get skin conditions diagnosed and treated in their early stages when they are usually easy to get under control. If you have an irritating skin condition on your feet, contact our Reading office for an appointment.
In the cold days of winter your feet may actually be burning up from the irritation caused by athlete’s foot. Known officially as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is often thought to be a summer time ailment, but it’s actually quite common in the winter.
The Right Conditions
Athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact and it loves a damp, dark environment. With all the new health club memberships that come with New Year’s resolutions to get fit, we at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists see lots of cases of athlete’s foot that stem from locker room floors and gym showers. Other prime areas to get this infection are indoor pools and even nail salons. Once your feet come in contact with the fungi that causes it, they are then usually put into warm socks and dark shoes—the perfect atmosphere for the fungi to breed and grow.
Symptoms and Treatment
The telltale signs of this skin condition are itchy, burning skin that is dry and inflamed and sometimes blisters will appear as well. Athlete’s foot most often attacks the skin between the toes but can also spread to the soles of the feet, the toenails and even other parts of your body. That’s why you want to make an appointment at either our Reading office to see one of our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., or Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. and get treatment for this fungal infection when you first see symptoms. After examining your foot and confirming the diagnosis of athlete’s foot, the foot doctor will most likely prescribe a fungicide to treat the infection. In resistant cases, an oral or topical prescription antifungal drug may be required.
By taking a few precautions, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting athlete’s foot. Never walk barefoot in public areas where other people go barefoot, particularly areas that get wet, such as locker rooms, public pools and showers. Wear socks and shoes that breathe and change your socks frequently if you perspire heavily. Use talcum powder to help keep feet dry.
Start your New Year off right by taking good care of your feet. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of foot or ankle health, contact New England Foot and Ankle Specialists today.