All About Athlete’s Foot

As summer ends, it’s common to start noticing signs of a fungal infection. Between days out by the public pool, more opportunities for sports and activities, and the ongoing summer heat, conditions like athlete’s foot are on the rise. What is athlete’s foot, exactly? It’s a fungal condition that can cause blisters and itchy, flaky skin on the foot. It thrives in dark, damp environments and is highly contagious. While this condition isn’t necessarily serious or life-threatening, if left untreated, Athlete’s foot can lead to pain and more aggravation.

What To Look Out For

Risk Factors

  • Wearing wet or moist shoes or socks
  • Walking barefoot in public places like bathrooms, gyms, and pools
  • Sharing socks, towels, shoes, or other contaminated items
  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes

Avoid An Infection

  • Wear light, well-ventilated footwear
  • Change socks regularly
  • Wash and dry your feet, especially between the toes
  • Wear sandals in public places like baths, pools, or locker rooms
  • Alternate shoes to make sure you have a dry pair
  • Use anti-fungal powder regularly

If you’ve contracted Athlete’s foot, it’s highly recommended that you see your podiatrist. Only they can determine just how strong the ailment is. Depending on whether it is a mild or severe case, it may take a long time to treat successfully. Treatments include over-the-counter medicine, prescription-strength antifungal or antibiotic creams, and oral antifungal or antibiotics for more severe cases.

Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.

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