Athlete’s foot is a common condition that affects about a quarter of people according to the National Institute of Health. However, this fungal infection can cause discomfort and irritation and spread to other parts of the body. This makes recognizing the signs of athlete’s foot important in preventing, diagnosing and treating it. Find out more about athlete’s foot with Dr. Kim Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN.
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection which most often occurs on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. The infection can spread to other parts of the body like groin and palms of the hands. Athlete’s foot can also be a simple skin inflammation which is not caused by a fungus. The condition produces some tell-tale symptoms, including:
- scaly skin on the feet
If you think you have athlete’s foot, you should consult with your podiatrist to ensure that you receive the correct diagnosis, have no underlying conditions, and receive the best treatment plan for you.
Preventing Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot spreads from person to person by walking on a contaminated surface. This occurs often in public, damp places like locker rooms, public pools or gyms. The warm, damp environments in these areas give fungi the perfect breeding ground. The best way to avoid athlete’s foot is to avoid making direct contact with your skin to these surfaces. Be sure to wear shower shoes while walking through these places. Additionally, keep your feet clean and dry and wear fresh socks every day and after perspiring.
Athlete’s Foot Treatment in Burnsville, MN
Before treating athlete’s foot, your doctor must first determine if it is a fungal infection or a skin disease? Many cases of mild fungal athlete’s foot respond well to over-the-counter treatments like anti-fungal ointments or powders. Soaking the feet in a medicated solution may also help the symptoms of athlete’s foot. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger antifungal ointment or pill. Prescription steroid creams can also help you find relief.
For more information on athlete’s foot, please contact Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN. Call (952) 435-2629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!