What is Athlete’s Foot?
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: athlete’s foot  

If this fungal infection happens to you find out the best methods for eliminating it.

Whether you forgo shower shoes in your gym locker room or you have particularly sweaty feet, there are a variety of risk factors that could athlete's footlead to athlete’s foot. This fungal infection causes a red, itchy rash on the feet and while the symptoms may only be self-limiting, it’s still important that you treat the problem as soon as it arises. Our Boston, MA, area podiatrists are here to tell you more about this common foot infection and what you can do to get rid of it.

What is athlete’s foot?

This contagious fungal infection (medically known as tinea pedis) is often found on the feet but can spread to other areas of the body. If you notice blistering, itching red patches between the toes or on the soles of your feet then you may be dealing with athlete’s foot. Even though it’s called athlete’s foot, even non-athletes can develop this inflammatory skin infection.

How can you develop athlete’s foot?

Fungus is all around us, so it goes without saying that it’s easy for anyone to develop a fungal infection if they don’t take precautionary measures. Knowing where fungus can thrive is important if you are prone to athlete’s foot.

Fungus loves to live in dark, damp environments such as swimming pools, gym locker rooms and showers, and even the salon where you get your pedicures. Since athlete’s foot is contagious it’s easy for this problem to spread if you come in contact with someone who has it. This is why it’s important to wear shoes and to never go barefoot in these areas where fungus can grow.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

There are many antifungal medications that you can get to treat your infection. In fact, a lot of these medications can be found over-the-counter at your local drugstore. Common athlete’s foot medications include Lotrimin and Lamisil, to name a few.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to talk to one of our Boston, MA, area podiatrists before you start taking any new medications to treat the infection. You should always follow the instructions exactly as they appear on the medication. In most cases, you will continue treatment for several weeks before the infection is fully gone.

If you find that your symptoms are severe, getting worse or don’t respond to at-home treatment then you may need to turn to us for a prescription-strength oral medication to nip the problem in the bud. You will want to seek treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the infection doesn’t continue to spread.

New England Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Chestnut Hill and Newton serving the greater Boston, MA area. We handle everything from athlete’s foot to severe foot deformities (and everything in between). Call us today to learn more from our podiatrists.