Athlete's Foot (Tinea pedis)
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fairly common and somewhat contagious condition that is caused by a fungal infection. The infection thrives in dark, warm, moist environments, such as the inside of a shoe. It is also very common for athlete’s foot to develop in between the toes. Some key signs that you may be experiencing this condition include a burning, stinging, or itching sensation, as well as redness and flaking. This is a condition that you should have treated promptly by a podiatrist.
Athlete's Foot Causes and Prevention
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) may spread by direct skin to skin contact, as well as by indirect contact, such as walking barefoot on a surface where the fungus lies. Environments such as locker rooms and communal showers are popular areas where athlete’s foot is known to spread. However, you may get this with any exposure to fungus and may not know where you picked up the fungus from. In order to better prevent yourself from catching athlete’s foot, it’s advised to take certain precautions. These precautions can include washing your feet often and drying them thoroughly with a paper towel, wearing clean wool or cotton socks, washing your towels regularly, making sure you change your shoes and socks regularly, and avoiding walking around barefoot in public areas. It’s also advised to refrain from sharing footwear and to take footwear off as soon as possible after exercising. You should also sanitize your shoes after each use.
Athlete's Foot treatment
Because athlete's foot is best treated promptly, we recommend you consult with a Philadelphia podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.