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Athlete’s Foot Causes and Symptoms

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can affect anyone, but certain factors can increase the risk of its development. Sweating profusely or wearing shoes and socks that promote excessive foot moisture create favorable conditions for the growth of the fungi responsible for athlete's foot. Those with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to infections, including fungal ones like athlete's foot. The transmission of athlete's foot from person to person is another factor to consider. The fungus responsible for the infection can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or by coming into contact with surfaces or items that carry the fungal spores. This makes environments such as communal showers, swimming pool areas, and gym locker rooms potential breeding grounds for the fungus. Common signs of athlete’s foot include an itchy, white, or scaly rash between the toes or on the feet, and flaky, infected skin that may peel off. For help in dealing with athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for advanced treatment options. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Wendy L. Grossman, DPM from New Jersey.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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