Does this sound familiar? You start to experience itching between your toes, which progresses to the point where it’s driving you crazy. The skin around your toes is red and flaky. Eventually the condition spreads to your arches, soles and the sides of your feet. Chances are (in case you haven’t already guessed it) you have athlete’s foot.
At Gentle Professional Foot Care we find that this condition is aptly named. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is spread by direct contact. Since athletes spend a considerable amount of time in locker rooms and communal showers, they tend to have an increased incidence of this condition. For some players it becomes a chronic, recurring infection. It doesn’t have to be, however, here are some ways that you can prevent athlete’s foot:
1. Always wear shower shoes or flip flops in public places where people tend to walk barefoot.
2. Never wear anyone else’s shoes or socks. Do not share towels or washcloths.
3. Keep feet dry. This may mean changing your socks more than once a day if you have a tendency to sweat profusely.
4. Wash feet daily and dry completely, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.
5. Bring your own tools to the salon if you get professional pedicures. Be sure they properly sanitize foot baths between customers.
6. Apply an anti-fungal foot powder to feet each morning.
Athlete’s foot should be treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey. Although over-the-counter products to treat athlete’s foot are in the stores, there are many fungi that cause this condition and the foot doctor will be able to determine the fungi causing the infection and therefore the treatment that will be most effective in clearing it up. If, despite all precautions, you end up with athlete’s foot, make an appointment at our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999.