How your podiatrist in Burnsville, Minnesota, can help your feet
Athlete’s foot is a common problem and you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from it—it’s really caused by a fungus that you come into contact with. The condition's name derives from how the fungus thrives in warm, moist environments like public pools, showers, exercise rooms, and even sweaty socks.
Dr. Fjelstad offers sports medicine at Foot And Ankle Physicians can help your feet, as he has several convenient office locations in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Edina, and Savage, Minnesota, that will help take excellent care of your feet.
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So, how do you know you have athlete’s foot? There are several easily identifiable signs, including:
- A scaly, red rash on your feet and between your toes that itches uncontrollably and stings
- An itch that gets worse after you take off your shoes and socks
- Blisters or sores along your feet
You can prevent athlete’s foot by always wearing flip-flops or shoes when entering warm, moist environments. You should also change your socks often, especially if you sweat a lot. Avoid wearing tight shoes that don’t allow your feet to breathe.
You can also spread athlete’s foot to others, so don’t share linens, towels, socks, exercise mats, or shoes with other people, and don’t use items from someone who has athlete’s foot.
Mild to moderate cases of athlete’s foot can be helped with over-the-counter products like antibacterial soaps and antifungal creams. Wash your feet at least once each day with antibacterial cream and dry them thoroughly. Apply an antifungal cream to your feet and toes. Attempt to keep your feet as dry as you can by changing your socks and shoes.
For severe cases of athlete’s foot, it’s best to see an expert. Dr. Fjelstad can prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, and oral and topical antifungal medications to stop the itch and clear up your athlete’s foot.
You can stop the itching and burning of athlete’s foot with the help of your podiatrist. To find out more about sports medicine, treating athlete’s foot and other common foot issues, call Dr. Fjelstad at Foot And Ankle Physicians, with offices in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Edina, and Savage, Minnesota. Call (952) 435-2629 now and relieve your itchy feet!