By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 17, 2016
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Winter time is prime time for that irritating foot problem, athlete’s foot (or, as it’s known in the medical world, tinea pedis), and one that we treat often at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. Keeping your feet in heavy socks and shoes may keep them warm and toasty, but it’s also creating the perfect breeding ground for the fungus that causes this disorder.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Athlete’s foot is characterized by dry, red, itchy skin and the infection usually starts between the toes. As it progresses, it can spread to the soles and toenails of the feet and blisters may even develop. Left untreated, athlete’s foot can travel and affect other parts of the body as well. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and take a complete medical history. Often, the foot doctor can diagnose athlete’s foot by sight. Sometimes, a scraping from the skin will be sent to the lab for analysis. Treatment consists of topical or oral antifungal drugs, which the podiatrist prescribes.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

Of course the best treatment is prevention. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact. There are several steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot. These include:

  • Always wear shower shoes or flip flops in damp, public places such as swimming pools, gym locker rooms and showers
  • Wash feet daily and dry completely, especially between the toes. Use a talcum based powder to help keep feet dry.
  • Do not share socks, shoes or towels (or anything that comes in contact with someone’s feet)
  • Wear shoes that allow for air circulation around your feet
  • Choose socks that keep your feet dry and don’t cause excessive perspiration; if socks become damp, change them
  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row; allow them to air and dry

If you are experiencing signs of athlete’s foot, don’t delay. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050 or request an appointment online.