Athlete’s foot is a common condition that’s uncomfortable and irritating and could have serious consequences for people with diabetes or circulatory disorders. The team of board-certified podiatrists at City Podiatry in New York City see many patients with varying degrees of athlete’s foot and provides the most effective treatments for both mild and severe cases. If you have itching, redness, and flaking skin between your toes, get your feet examined by the experts at City Podiatry for a speedy resolution of your symptoms. Call the Midtown Manhattan office or schedule an appointment online today.
Athlete’s foot is an irritating fungal infection that commonly develops between your toes. Although it’s called athlete’s foot, it’s not only seen in people who take part in sports, but can, in fact, affect anyone. The fungus is spread easily by contact, and it has a perfect breeding place in the warm, moist, dark spaces between your toes.
Observing good hygiene is essential to help avoid infection, including:
The main fungal strain that causes athlete’s foot is Trichophyton rubrum, which is also responsible for other types of skin infections, including nail fungus, jock itch, and ringworm. T. rubrum is common in places such as hotels, swimming pools, gyms, locker rooms, and showers, where it can be passed on by walking barefoot.
Because the fungus grows in the spaces between your toes, you may not notice the infection at first. As the fungus multiplies, symptoms develop such as:
You might also have clear liquid oozing from the infected areas, and if left untreated cracks and fissures can appear. At this stage, athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable or even painful, and the cracks can allow entry for bacterial infection.
Treatments for athlete’s foot work best when started as soon as symptoms appear. Early treatment is particularly important for people with diabetes or impaired circulation, as bacterial infection can set in that may lead to more serious problems such as:
The primary treatment for athlete’s foot is the use of topical medications applied daily for several months. These medicated skin creams are effective in the earlier stages of athlete’s foot, but if the infection is more serious, oral antifungal medication may be required.
If you suspect you might have athlete’s foot, or you’re worried about any other aspect of foot health, call City Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.