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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

 

In your second, third and fourth toes there are three “toe joints” along the bones that make up each toe; sometimes this third joint or the joint farthest from the tip of your toe can become irritated and become very painful. This injury is known as metatarsalgia,or more commonly forefoot pain. (That’s so much easier to say!) Activities such as running or jumping can cause this, along with wearing shoes that are too small. This injury isn’t very serious; however it can be very painful and can put many athletes on the bench due to the pain. This injury is common to basketball players, like Lebron James or Mason Plumlee, due to the amount of running and jumping they do every day.

Some common signs of this injury are gradual pain in the forefoot, pain when bending the toes downward and sometimes excessive buildup of skin on the bottom of the foot due to the extra pressure. The common causes of this are running and jumping, but other causes can include a high arched foot, having a shortened toe bone and stress fractures of this toe bone.

Since this injury isn’t too serious the steps to relieve the symptoms can be done at home! Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications will help relieve the pain and tenderness of the joint within a week or two. Custom gel cushion shoe inserts can also be very helpful to absorb shock while walking or running to prevent pain and future injury. When the pain is very severe, steroid injections can be used to relieve the symptoms.  Always remember that an injury should never be taken lightly, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms go talk to your local podiatrist at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ, to get proper treatment for your feet!

by  Varun Gujral