Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that usually starts between the toes and can spread to other parts of the feet and hands. People often feel pain and discomfort from drying and cracking. Not to mention, it can be a source of embarrassment. While it’s not considered a serious condition, it can be challenging to cure. That’s why you need the help of Dr. Anant Joshi and his dedicated staff at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC.
More About Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot got its name because it is commonly seen in athletes. The fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions, much like a physically active person’s shoes. The fungus is also often found on the decks of public swimming pools, locker room floors, or communal showers. The condition is very contagious and easily transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or by touching a contaminated surface.
Signs and Symptoms
Athlete’s foot can be an uncomfortable and unsightly condition that people generally notice right away. Common signs and symptoms include:
Itching, burning, stinging in between your toes
Cracking and peeling skin
Dry skin on feet and heels
Discolored and brittle toenails
Athlete’s Foot Risk Factors
As mentioned, physically active people may be at higher risk of becoming infected. However, anybody can be at risk for athlete’s foot. Specific behaviors may increase that risk. You may want to avoid the following:
Walking barefoot in public places
Sharing shoes or socks
Keeping your feet wet
Having sweaty feet
Tips for Prevention
It is possible to avoid athlete’s foot if you take the necessary precautions. Tips for prevention include:
Washing your feet and hands regularly with warm, soapy water
Using antifungal powder in your socks and shoes
Cleaning your bed linens, socks, and towels
Wearing sandals in public areas
Disinfecting your shoes
Airing out your feet
Diagnosis and Treatment
Because athlete’s foot symptoms can become painfully unbearable, early diagnosis is key. Dr. Anant Joshi is likely to make the diagnosis based on a physical exam. However, additional testing may be needed to make sure that symptoms are due to a fungal infection.
Once a proper diagnosis is given, then the treatment plan begins. Many over-the-counter antifungal medications can clear up mild cases of athlete’s foot. In more stubborn cases, Dr. Anant Joshi will prescribe topical or oral medications.
Athlete’s foot will likely clear up in a matter of weeks. However, the untreated fungus can lead to various health concerns. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the fungus causing blistering. In more severe cases, the fungus may cause a bacterial infection leading to pain, swelling, drainage, and fever.
Reach Out to Us Today
Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC understands how painful athlete’s foot can be. If you’ve noticed drying and cracking on your feet, give us a call. Dr. Anant Joshi is a highly trained podiatrist with years of experience identifying fungal infections. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!