Athlete's Foot Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually develops between your toes. It can cause intense itchiness, scaly skin, and even painful blisters if untreated, but fortunately, it’s very easy to resolve with expert help. At Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois, talented podiatrists James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, can help you permanently eliminate athlete’s foot and implement preventive measures for the future. Call the Norwood Park office or click online to schedule an appointment today.

Athlete's Foot

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a fungal infection affecting the skin between your toes and sometimes the skin on the top or sides of your feet. This infection causes scaly, rough, irritated skin that's often extremely itchy.

Athlete's foot is so named because it's particularly common in athletes, who are often in damp, humid areas like public showers, saunas, and swimming pools where fungus flourishes. 

But anyone, including children, can develop athlete's foot if they're shoeless in an environment where the fungus exists. You can also get athlete's foot from wearing damp socks or through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the condition. 

How do you identify athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is often fairly obvious with a visual assessment. Common symptoms include:

  • Dry, flaky, or scaly skin between your toes
  • Intense itching between your toes
  • Skin peeling and shedding
  • Red, raw-looking skin between your toes
  • Blisters, which can rupture and bleed
  • Swelling between your toes

Athlete's foot may spread to the top and sides of your feet and, less commonly, your foot soles. You can also transfer the fungus to other parts of your body if you rub or scratch at the infected skin and then touch another part of your body. 

What is the best way to get rid of athlete's foot?

Ankle & Foot Specialists treats your athlete's foot according to the specific situation. Your treatment may include:

  • Oral medication, including antifungal drugs
  • Topical ointment, lotion, or powder that you apply as directed 
  • Foot soaks to help dry your feet if you have excessive perspiration

How can I prevent athlete's foot?

Because the athlete's foot fungus can be quite tenacious, you may need to take some steps to discourage its recurrence. Ankle & Foot Specialists recommends the following preventive tips:

  • Never wear socks twice
  • Don't use socks, shoes, or towels belonging to others
  • Always wear shoes outside and in public
  • Shake antifungal powder in your socks and shoes

The team may also have some other personalized tips for you. 

Quit suffering from the itchy, flaky, blistering pain of athlete’s foot. Call Ankle & Foot Specialists or book using the online scheduler today.