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Athlete's foot is probably the best-known infection you can pick up at the gym. "It's an itchy rash that's usually red, inflamed, and scaly. It's highly contagious and can be caught anytime you're barefoot, in open-toed shoes, or wearing wet socks," says podiatrist, Velimir Petkov, DPM, owner of Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey.
Dr. Velimir Petkov
"To avoid getting athlete's foot, avoid going barefoot in common areas and keep your feet dry," Petkov says. The fungus thrives in warm, wet environments so he suggests washing and drying your feet regularly, changing your socks after exercise, wearing shoes in all common areas in the gym, allowing your training shoes time to dry before re-use, regularly cleaning your gym bag, and wearing flip-flops in the shower. 
Source: Gabrielle Kassel, greatist.com  
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As many of you know, wearing shoes without socks has become a new fashion statement especially when wearing shoes such as Converse, Keds or flats. This trend however, has been shown to be dangerous to your foot health. Wearing shoes without socks inadvertently can increase your chances of getting Athlete's foot.

Athlete's foot is a form of a fungal infection which affects feet - the fungal infection is often to drawn to areas of moisture. Individuals who wear shoes without socks and particularly individuals who sweat a lot have no materials to absorb the moisture produced by the feet which may leave the feet more susceptible to fungal infections. 
Athlete's foot has a red appearance that can occur interdigitially (in the web spaces) and on the top of the foot and can be blistered, red and itchy. 
Treatments for Athlete's foot include over the counter creams, creams/sprays that can be prescribed your chiropodist or by simply wearing socks and being educated on your foot health. If you or a loved one is suffering from Athlete's foot it is important to get this checked out by a Chiropodist.
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According to podiatrist Michael C. Saraydarian, DPM, “The first course of action when treating foot fungus is topical care. Try to control the moisture levels your feet are exposed to by choosing shoes that breathe well, changing your socks a few times throughout the day, and allowing as much exposed, fresh air time as possible out of shoes and socks at home." 
Dr. Michael Saraydarian
"Additionally, you may try using topical antifungal creams that can be purchased at any grocery or drug store. One of the most common foot fungi is tinea pedis, more widely known as 'athlete’s foot.' This form of foot fungus usually responds well to at-home treatments, but if you have exhausted the aforementioned options and your fungus hasn’t been resolved, you should call your primary care physician or speak with a podiatrist/chiropodist who can better diagnose your fungus and prescribe you a more aggressive oral antifungal medication,” says Dr. Saraydarian. 
Source: Diane Atwood, Bangor Daily News [1/11/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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What causes Athlete's Foot?

Athlete’s foot occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. It’s commonly found in showers, on locker room floors, and around swimming pools.
Who is at risk?

Anyone can get athlete’s foot, but certain behaviors increase your risk. Factors that increase your risk of getting athlete’s foot include:

  • visiting public places barefoot, especially locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools
  • sharing socks, shoes, or towels with an infected person
  • wearing tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes
  • keeping your feet wet for long periods of time
  • having sweaty feet
  • having a minor skin or nail injury on your foot
What are the symptoms?

There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include:

  • itching, stinging, and burning between the toes
  • itching, stinging, and burning on the soles of the feet
  • cracking and peeling skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes and on the soles
  • dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
  • raw skin on the feet
  • discoloured, thick, and crumbly toenails
  • toenails that pull away from the nail bed


Athlete’s foot can often be treated with topical antifungal medications. If  medications don’t treat the fungal infection, your chiropodist may prescribe topical or oral prescription-strength antifungal medications. Your chiropodist may also recommend home treatments to help clear up the infection.

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Athlete’s foot is a common contagious skin infection caused by a fungal infection that produces an itchy rash on the toes and feet. According to Johanna Youner, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, "The root cause of athlete’s foot is moisture, so the most important step in preventing it is keeping both feet and shoes dry. Always completely dry your feet after bathing, and be sure to get rid of moisture between toes. Powders such as corn starch, baking soda, and antifungals all are effective at keeping shoes and feet dry. Vary the shoes you wear, and let them dry completely before you wear them again." 
Dr. Johanna Youner
"To treat an athlete’s foot infection, apply Lamisil, Lotrimin, or miconazole to the affected areas twice a day for up to two weeks. Homemade remedies include soaking your feet in the astringent Domeboro to dry the feet and prevent fungal infections…and applying essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, or tea tree oil to eliminate an active infection," says Dr. Youner.
Source: Sarah Hiner, Bottom Line
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