Did you know that athlete’s foot is an itchy and uncomfortable condition that might affect up to 70% of the population at some point during their lives? Board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the experienced doctors of Local Foot Doc successfully treat athlete’s foot at their two offices in Brooklyn, New York, and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Protect your foot health with top quality podiatric care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or click to book online.
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot refers to a fungal skin infection that typically grows between your toes, but it can infect any part of your foot. Your feet are a great place for fungus to live because it thrives in a moist and warm environment.
Fungus that’s associated with athlete’s foot is often present in many shared spaces with the right moist and warm environment, such as:
- Swimming pools
- Water parks
- Locker rooms
You can also develop athlete’s foot by wearing shoes and socks that don’t let your feet breathe and don’t fit properly. Excessive foot sweating can also create a warm, moist area that's ideal for the infection to flourish.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
Some of the signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Scaly, red, or cracked skin
- Sores between toes
- Scaly, white rash over the bottom of the foot
Athlete’s foot usually starts between your toes, and if it isn’t treated properly, it can spread to the rest of your foot.
Athlete’s foot is contagious, so if you touch the area, you should make sure you wash your hands thoroughly to prevent spreading the infection to other body parts. Try not to pick or scratch at the infected skin.
If you think you might have athlete’s foot, Dr. Majdanski or the skilled doctors of Local Foot Doc can perform an evaluation and devise a personalized treatment plan to improve your foot health and get rid of the infection.
What is the treatment for is athlete’s foot?
After visually inspecting your foot, Dr. Majdanski might need to take skin scrapings from the infected area and view them through a microscope. If needed, he can send a sample to a lab for further analysis.
Mild cases of athlete’s foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter antifungals that are available as an ointment, spray, powder, or lotion. In other cases, Dr. Majdanski might prescribe a prescription-strength oral antifungal medication or foot medication.
Dr. Majdanski might also suggest healthy lifestyle changes to boost your general health and help fight the infection, such as stress management, regular appropriate exercise, and a nutrient-dense diet.
To prevent athlete’s foot from recurring, you should maintain proper foot hygiene by:
- Wearing properly fitting shoes
- Keeping your toenails trimmed
- Removing insoles and allowing your footwear to dry
- Avoiding going barefoot in public places
- Avoiding sharing your shoes or towels
- Wearing cotton socks
- Disinfecting your shoes
If you think you might have athlete’s foot or if you have concerns about your foot health, call Local Foot Doc or schedule your evaluation online.