TORONTO FOOT SPECIALIST SHARES SOME INFORMATION REGARDING ATHLETE'S FOOT
posted: Jun 13, 2014.
Foot Specialists frequently evaluate and treat cases of athlete’s foot. Also called tinea pedis, it is a common type of fungal infection that most often affects the areas between the toes. Your Chiropodist can quickly determine the problem and offer several treatment options. Once the condition is treated, talk to your chiropodist about how to prevent a recurrence.
- Your foot specialist will warn you that athlete’s foot is highly contagious, and can spread on contact. Many people acquire athlete’s foot from walking barefoot in areas like locker rooms or around swimming pools. The infection is caused by a type of fungi called dermatophytes. Although dermatophytes are naturally found on the skin, they usually don’t cause a problem as long as the skin is kept clean and dry. However, they can spread rapidly in warm, moist environments, such as damp shoes and socks.
- Typical Symptoms
- Tell your Chiropodist about all of your symptoms regarding your feet. Athlete’s foot typically comes with itching, stinging, and burning sensations, and you may also notice blisters. The skin on your feet can become quite dry, and may crack and peel. These symptoms are often worse between the toes and on the soles of the feet.
- Treatment Options
- For a mild case of athlete’s foot, your podiatrist may recommend over-the-counter treatments, including antifungal cream. If your feet do not get better with these treatments, your foot specialist can give you a prescription-strength medication to combat the infection. He may also instruct you to keep your feet clean and dry, avoid walking barefoot in public areas, and wear well-ventilated shoes. If you exercise or sweat excessively, change your socks more than once daily and alternate the shoes you wear each day.
- If you contact one of our 4 friendly and knowledgable foot specialists at Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics you will be provided with quality advise and foot care.