Preventing Athlete’s Foot

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What loves dark, moist places and is lurking at the pool to cause you an annoying foot disorder? The fungus that causes athlete’s foot. At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we treat many cases of tinea pedis (its official medical name). Unfortunately, by the time we see them, the fungal infection has often become severe with weeping blisters and sometimes the addition of a secondary bacterial infection. That’s why it’s important to contact our Venice office at the first sign of athlete’s foot: an itchy, red rash that causes the skin to flake. It usually starts between the toes and then spreads to the soles of the feet. Depending on how far the fungal infection has progressed and how bad the symptoms are, our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will prescribe a topical or oral antifungal medication as well as antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present.

As with most infections, prevention is the best treatment. Fortunately, there are several ways you can help prevent athlete’s foot, including:

  • Practice good hygiene. Always wear clean socks and wash your feet every day with warm water and soap. Be sure to dry your feet completely, especially the spaces between your toes.
  • Keep your feet covered. Protection is important especially in public places where other people are walking without shoes. Changing rooms and bathrooms at the beach, club pools, gym locker rooms and showers and nail salons are a few of the places where the fungus that causes athlete’s foot tends to be prevalent.
  • Don’t share flip flops, socks, nail tools, towels or any item that touches another person’s feet. If someone at home has athlete’s foot, make sure they have their own towels, washcloths and sheets.
  • Stay dry. If you notice that your socks are damp, change them right away. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, use a talcum or anti-fungal powder each morning.
  • Choose shoes made of breathable materials that allow air to circulate. Also, alternate your shoes to allow each pair to air out between wearings.

If you suspect you may have a case of athlete’s foot, don’t wait. Make an appointment today by calling: (941) 493-7999.