With school back in session, many of our children will be taking part in several sports. With sports comes the possibility of contracting something called athletes foot or tinea pedis. Athletes foot is caused by a fungus which can and usually is contagious. Athletes foot can also be caused by a bacterial infection, intertrigo or a rash of the skin and psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
Risk factors for athlete’s foot include:
To avoid athlete’s foot, you need to get into good habits. Make sure to dry your feet after showering, wear dry socks, apply anti-bacterial powder regularly, use sandals or clogs if you use a public shower or pool and do not share towels. Using good common sense and being aware of the contagiousness of the disease is key to avoiding the illness. Athlete’s foot can also spread to the groin and hands so washing with an anti-bacterial soap can help too.
The best way to treat athlete’s foot is to see your podiatrist who will diagnose and determine which treatment will be the most effective for your condition.
Treatments are usually effective, but some fungal infections may take longer to eliminate.
If you believe you have or are developing athlete’s foot or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with Dr. Melissa Robitaille or Dr. Todd Newsom at Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, 114 Canal St, Suite 703, Pooler, GA, 31322. Call us at (912) 988-3323. They will diagnose your condition and treat appropriately.