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Tinea Pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot is a fairly common fungal infection that commonly affects the feet especially the skin in between the toes. Despite its name, anyone who goes barefoot in public places can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm and summertime is the perfect breeding season for this fungus. People are more likely to walk around barefoot at pools and in pool locker rooms during the summer so if someone who has athlete’s foot contaminates the ground and another person walks in the same area, then they are at risk of contracting the fungus.

Athlete’s foot usually starts out as a red itchy rash between the toes that can easily spread to other areas of the body. If you pick or scratch at the infected area it could spread to your hands and if you touch other areas of your body it could spread there too. Summertime activities can really exacerbate the problem of athlete’s foot. People are more likely to walk around barefoot which increases their chances of picking up the fungus and also with the warmer whether people sweat more which creates a nice damp breeding ground for the fungus. If caught early enough, you may be able to treat athlete’s foot with over the counter antifungal ointments but if the problem still persists after a week or two of treatment, you may need to seek medical treatment.

If you think you have contracted athlete’s foot and have been treating it with antifungal ointments but the problem still persists and seems to even be getting worse then it may an entirely different entity all together like dermatitis which will require a completely different course of treatment. With proper precautions one can avoid picking up athlete’s foot during the summer or any other time of the year for that matter. The simplest way to avoid getting athletes foot is to never ever walk around barefoot in public places. When around pools or in the locker rooms always wear beach sandals or aquatic shoes to prevent potential contact with contaminated surfaces. Try to keep your feet dry by wearing well ventilated shoes. When at home, be sure to dry your feet with a towel especially the spaces between your toes and sit barefoot for a while to allow them to air out. If you sweat a lot be sure to change your socks regularly and alternate between different pairs of shoes each day.

If you suspect you may picked up athlete’s foot and over the counter treatments aren’t working, seek medical treatment right away because getting the right treatment early can prevent an infection from spreading to other areas of your body or to other people. If you think you are suffering from athlete’s foot or would like more information on this subject and the management of it, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

‘Tis the season for warm weather, pools, beaches and...fungi. No not your crazy next door neighbor, but fungus?! That’s right, fungus loves the summer too and it follows you everywhere. What it likes most about the summer is the warm, moist climate. Fungi are in places you might not even think about. Some of the most common places you’ll find it is in your shoes, your socks, on the floor of the shower and even your home. We will concentrate today on fungus being in your shoes and socks.

Have you ever wondered why your feet have that sudden onset of burning and itching? You can blame fungi for that. As previously stated, they thrive in warm moist environments, and what better place than in your shoes and socks. We are constantly on our feet generating heat and sweat and the fungi takes that in and grows and eventually cause Athlete’s Foot. This is an extremely common problem and is very treatable, even if caught a little later than usual. If you do notice a burning itch sensation on your feet, please don’t hesitate to contact your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ. However, even though we talk about Athlete’s Foot being on the foot, it can also travel to your toenails and this can serve to be a more complicated problem but is very treatable with oral medications.

So, some at home tips to make sure this doesn’t happen again or to anyone else in the family are: 1) buy some antifungal powder from your local pharmacy and put that in your shoes at least once a day; 2) try wearing open toed shoes as much as possible. UV light kills fungus so if they are exposed to sun, the better chance they will be eliminated. 3) there are UV Trees you can buy to hang your shoes to kill the fungus. If all else fails, again, please don’t hesitate to call make an appointment with our office because we want you out enjoying the nice summer weather!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

Whether we want to admit it or not many of us have suffered from tinea pedis, aka athlete’s foot. Yes this is a fungus (gross I know right?!) and you’re probably thinking that is so embarrassing, I don’t want anyone to know I have a fungus on my feet! However athlete’s foot is more common than you think, and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Luckily for people suffering from this it is easy to take care of after a trip to your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ.

Let’s start with the signs of athlete’s foot. The most common symptoms include, itching, burning and scratching feeling, cracking or peeling skin, possible itchy blisters, thick discolored toe nails and sometimes excessive dryness on the bottom of the foot. Normally all of these symptoms are not present, each person may have 2-3 of these but which symptoms each person gets are different.

There are a few different ways to get athlete’s foot; the most common way is from wearing tight warm moist shoes frequently. This is why it is termed athlete’s foot, because athletes wear sneakers all the time, and they sweat in them which creates a warm moist environment, a perfect place for fungus to grow. Some of our favorite athletes like Lebron James and Mariano Rivera are very prone to suffer from athlete’s foot because of all the time they spend sweating in their sneakers! This fungus can also be spread by coming into contact with it, so if you touch feet with someone who has it, you might get it also!

If you notice any of these symptoms on your feet it is important to go see your podiatrist right away so they can help you take care of it. The most common way to treat this is with an antifungal cream, you will rub it on your feet daily until the infection is gone. Sometimes new shoes are recommended because the fungus may be living in there too! It is also important to get this treated to prevent further complications. Sometimes people can develop secondary infections, which means a bacteria can also start to infect the foot along with the fungus, which could lead to a breakdown of the skin between the toes (and no one wants that!)

 

By: Varun Gujral