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Causes and Diagnosis of Athlete's Foot

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It is causes itching, burning, and cracked, scaly skin, often occurring between the toes. The infection is caused by dermatophytes, fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools. Athlete's foot spreads through direct contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination of the affected area by a podiatrist. In some cases, a skin scraping may be taken and examined under a microscope to confirm the presence of the fungus. Proper diagnosis is important to differentiate athlete's foot from other skin conditions. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat athlete’s foot, which may include prescribed medication.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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