Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that occurs on your foot and can be contracted from a variety of public places. The cause of the infection, fungi, resides in places that are damp and without much light. If you do not take proper care to control athlete’s foot, it will spread to others in your household. You must take precautions to protect your feet from the fungi present in gym locker rooms or near pool surfaces.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot involve irritation and burning of your feet. If you do not obtain timely treatment, it can also cause additional damage to your toenails and produce complications that could have been avoided with due care.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use antifungal medications that can help to mitigate the extent of your athlete’s foot.
- Keep your feet in a clean state by washing them frequently and on a daily basis.
- Using socks that help to keep your feet dry will be helpful since fungi thrive on moisture. In the same regard, the use of powders will also help to dry up your shoes. More importantly, medicated powders can also help to destroy lingering fungi residing within your shoes.
- Wear shoes that are made of leather or that are ventilated to keep the inside of your shoes unfriendly for fungi buildup. Footwear is very important to preventing athlete’s foot from occurring again and again. There must be a point where your feet are no longer exposed to the environments that cause this type of infection to happen.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM, and Adam Thompson, DPM will work tirelessly to help your feet win the final match against athlete’s foot! If you’re ready for a fungal-free foot experience, contact us to make an appointment. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. Don’t miss our Patient Education library for further information. We want to make your feet hostile to fungi for the long run.