Athlete’s foot can be itchy, unsightly, and embarrassing. For effective treatment, see the expert podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. With locations in Oxnard, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Camarillo, California, you can get treatment close to home and feel comfortable again. Schedule an appointment online or call the office today for athlete’s foot relief.
Athlete’s foot — also called tinea pedis — is a fungal infection on the skin of your feet. It mostly appears between the toes, though it can show up anywhere on the foot. Athlete’s foot causes an itching sensation as well as peeling, cracking, or scaly skin. In severe cases, it can cause blistering.
Athlete’s foot responds well to treatment from the doctors at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., though it’s important to get treatment as early as possible to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Various types of fungus cause athlete’s foot. These fungi live in warm, damp environments, including communal showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. It is contagious and can easily spread from person to person in these environments.
To avoid athlete’s foot, follow these precautions:
Athlete’s foot is easily treated and typically resolves within a few weeks with proper care from the Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. doctors.
To diagnose athlete’s foot, your doctor asks about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history and thoroughly examines your feet. In some cases, your doctor may also collect a sample of your skin to test for the presence of infection. This can help determine which antifungal medication will work best for your treatment.
Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter antifungal treatment or prescribe an anti-fungal cream, powder, or spray. You’ll typically need to use the medication daily for a few weeks to clear up the fungal infection.
It is also helpful to keep your feet clean and dry while the athlete’s foot is being treated. Your doctor can provide recommendations about foot washing, drying your feet, and keeping your shoes and socks clean. Wearing a clean pair of socks daily and alternating the shoes you wear can also be helpful and prevent the spread of the infection.
Get rid of the itch of athlete’s foot with effective treatment at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Schedule a visit today by booking online or calling the office.