Athlete’s foot is a fungal condition that affects the skin on your feet. It’s easily transmitted from person to person by direct contact with infected surfaces or items. Fortunately, our Wheeling foot care will diagnose, evaluate, and treat athlete’s foot.
Fungi love warm and wet areas, and that’s why it grows so easily on feet, especially between toes. If you walk barefoot in a communal shower or use a towel that has been contaminated, it is very easy to get athlete’s foot. The first and most easily identifiable symptom of this condition is when your foot itches. Other signs include burning, peeling, and cracking of the skin. Depending on where the infection has taken place on the foot, you might experience different symptoms, which can include a bacterial infection also, foot soreness, or even fluid-filled blisters under the skin. Even your toenails can become affected, thickening, becoming brittle, and possibly falling out. If that makes athlete’s foot sound serious, well it might be. Our podiatrist will often be able to diagnose you simply by looking at your feet. Sometimes, a skin or nail sample will be taken to test. It is important that you don’t assume that you have athlete’s foot until you have been examined. There are other skin conditions that may be responsible for the symptoms you have. Lotion, cream, or spray treatments are typically very effective. Our Wheeling foot care may prescribe a stronger solution either topically or internally. It is essential that you take your medication long enough to make certain that the infection has subsided 100%. Recurrences are not uncommon, and so it is a good idea to take proper precautions. Use shower shoes when in locker rooms or communal showers, and keep your feet dry to the greatest extent possible. Consider using talcum powder and wearing sandals in order to promote dry feet.
Our Wheeling foot care will help you to stop the effects of athlete’s foot. Call us and schedule an appointment.