One of the most common foot conditions that athletically inclined patients report is athlete’s foot. Not only is it super inconvenient, but it’s also an embarrassing and unpleasant condition to deal with. Athlete’s foot recurs often because patients continue to expose their feet to the same fungus that causes it. Find out how to properly treat your athlete’s foot with the help of a podiatrist at Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., P.L.L.C. & Associates in New York City.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
The official term for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis, and it is a fungal infection that ravages the top layer of skin on the surface of your feet. It is referred to as athlete’s foot because it often affects people who exercise often or participate in sports that cause their feet to get sweaty. However, patients who just shower in public places (like gyms) or use public swimming pools can also struggle with the condition. Additionally, it can be passed from one person to another if you share socks, shoes, towels, or sheets.
Downsides of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot comes with a number of downsides that would prompt you to seek medical assistance from your New York City podiatrist as soon as possible. Those include:
- A strong, funky smell when you take your shoes or socks off.
- Scaly rashes on the feet.
- Itchiness or a burning sensation.
- Skin flaking and cracking.
- Toenail fungus (yellowing and thickening of the nail bed) if the condition advances.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
Since the cause of athlete’s foot (in most cases) is a fungus called Trichophyton, an anti-fungal agent is necessary to get rid of the symptoms. This medication may come in the form of foot cream, powder, or spray. You must apply it daily as prescribed to get results. Your podiatrist may also prescribe an oral medication to hasten the treatment process, which could take a few weeks.
Getting Help for Your Feet
If you have been dealing with a persistent and uncomfortable case of athlete’s foot, seek the help of our New York City office. Call (212) 628-4444 today to schedule a visit with a foot doctor who can provide you with superior foot care!