The first thing to know about athlete’s foot is that it’s not just for athletes. Anyone can get it! Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually crops up in between your toes. However, it can spread to other parts of the foot. What fungus are we talking about? Well, there are many different strains with very long Latin names that aren’t important to list here. What is important to know is what to do if you’re infected and how to avoid the infection in the first place.
The second thing to know is that athlete’s foot can become a chronic problem if you don’t treat it. A forever-itchy foot is probably not, what you want in your future, so if you have any of the symptoms of athlete’s foot, seek the advice of board-certified podiatrists Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Here’s what to look out for
- scaly rash in between your toes
- itching, stinging, burning, or redness
- blisters that itch
- cracking, peeling skin
And, as the condition progresses, you can get
- painful fissures
- thickened soles
How to treat athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a common condition with many treatments available. You can try over-the-counter creams, lotions, and powders with active ingredients meant to knock out fungus. However, the cream you choose may or may not attack the fungal strain that you’ve got. When you visit Dr. Wilhelm, he can determine the strongest and best anti-fungal treatment for your specific infection.
The best treatment is…prevention
To avoid getting athlete’s foot in the first place, follow these tips:
- always keep your feet clean and dry, including the spaces between your toes
- wear socks with shoes in order to absorb sweat
- wash your socks each time you wear them
- rotate the shoes you wear
- if you’ve got excessively sweaty feet, ask us about treatment for that
- wear flip-flops at the pool or gym locker room, where fungus thrives on damp surfaces
- don’t share towels, socks, or shoes.
For expert treatment of athlete’s foot and all other maladies of the feet and ankles, call us in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.