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, 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.
Athlete's foot is often fairly obvious with a visual assessment. Common symptoms include:
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.
Ankle & Foot Specialists treats your athlete's foot according to the specific situation. Your treatment may include:
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:
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.