Athlete’s foot is a skin infection of the foot that’s more common than you think, contrary to what its name suggests. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has the experience and knowledge to provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL to learn more about making sure your athlete’s foot doesn’t sideline you.
This condition is caused by a fungus that feeds on old skin cells. It can occur in anyone, not just athletes, since those who go barefoot or have damp feet can contract it from locations where the fungus is present, such as warm or moist surfaces near public pools, showers or locker rooms. After the fungus gets onto the foot, it can still be prevented if they are dried after getting wet and shoes are not worn too tightly and socks are changed frequently.
Treatment can involve using medicated powders or creams to kill the fungus. As mentioned above, keeping the foot dry and in open air helps immensely with preventing the fungus from thriving. Feet should be washed everyday and a special spray can be applied to the insides of shoes to kill germs that may be present. Avoiding the sharing of shoes and keeping bathtub and surfaces disinfected will also aid in eliminating this condition. Medication can be applied on the skin or ingested, depending on how severe the infection is. Treatment is highly necessary as this condition can spread further if not dealt with and can produce itchy and painful sensations, along with other more serious complications.
Therefore, it’s in your best interest to contact us at My Chicago Foot Expert to ensure that your athlete’s foot is contained and eliminated because failing to do so can lead to more serious complications. You don’t have to be an athlete, but just active to contract this condition. Please also review our Patient Education Library to ascertain more information on how to treat this and many other foot and ankle conditions.