Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a type of fungal infection found on the feet. It is commonly acquired by people who have sweaty feet usually trapped in shoes. The condition is very common in athletes, thus the name.
It appears as a scaly rash that is usually itchy and has a stinging or burning sensation. Because it is very contagious, it can spread easily through towels or clothing. Athlete’s foot is caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm, jock itch, and toenail fungus. To treat the infection, over the counter antifungal medications are usually recommended.
Some types of athlete’s foot cause blisters or ulcers, and there are some varieties that cause dryness and scaling on the soles to the sides of the feet. Because the fungus spreads easily, it can spread to the toes and cause toenail fungus. If an athlete’s foot is not treated right away, it can only get worse and spread to the toenails. This would cause the toenails to be discolored and thickened. Once it reaches the toenails, it can be more difficult to treat than otc medications will not be able to fix.
In order to prevent these conditions, you should avoid its common causes. Fungus thrives in moist, dark environments. I order to avoid fungus to thrive in your toes, change your socks regularly and wear proper fitting shoes that are not too tight. You should also protect your feet in public places where the fungus is common, such as public pools and showers.
If you have athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, give us a call at (800) 672-0625 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation. We have over 106 clinics nationwide, including Forest Hills in Queens, NY. Our podiatrists will educate you on your treatment options for the athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.