That itchy rash between your toes may be a symptom of athlete's foot. Despite its name, you don't have to play a sport to develop the common foot infection. Fortunately, your Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Fjelstad of Foot and Ankle Physicians, offers effective treatments for the foot condition and offers sports medicine services.
What causes athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, is caused by a fungal infection. If you've visited a gym or pool lately, you may have picked up the fungus simply by walking barefoot through public areas. The fungi enter your skin through small scratches, cuts, or even patches of dry skin.
How do I know if I have athlete's foot?
You'll probably notice at least of a few of these symptoms if you have athlete's foot:
- A Rash: The fungal infection causes an itchy, red rash that usually starts between the toes. If you don't treat the rash, it may eventually spread to other parts of your foot.
- Oozing: The rash may cause oozing blisters on your toes or foot.
- Cracks: If the rash worsens, your skin may even begin to crack.
- Yellow Toenails: The fungus can spread to your nails and cause them to become thick and discolored.
- Dry, Flaky Skin: Do you have a flaky, dry rash on the sole of your foot? You may have a moccasin infection. This type of athlete's foot can spread to the sides of your feet and heels and cause the skin to peel or crack.
What can I do to treat athlete's foot?
Applying over-the-counter anti-fungal cream daily can be helpful if you have a mild infection. It's also important to change your shoes daily and put on a fresh pair of socks if your feet tend to become sweaty during the day. Don't share towels or washcloths with anyone to prevent the infection from spreading throughout your household.
If home treatment doesn't help, you'll want to call your Burnsville foot doctor. He may prescribe topical anti-fungal creams or ointments that are more effective than drugstore products or recommend oral anti-fungal medication if you have a severe case of athlete's foot.
There's no need to live with pain when your Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Fjelstad, provides sports medicine and foot and ankle treatments that will help clear up your athlete's foot rash, ease your bunion, or tendonitis pain.