Athlete’s foot is a condition caused by a fungus that attacks the foot and can thereafter spread to other parts of the body due to its highly contagious nature. Fungus universally thrives in warm, dark, and moist environments. Shoes have all three of these elements, depending on their level of use. This makes them breeding grounds for fungus, which is also commonly found in shared public areas such as pools or locker rooms and is spread by walking barefoot. Symptoms of this condition include itchy and burning sensation and pain. It is important to take precautions to prevent sharing baths and disinfecting tubs after each use so that the fungus doesn’t spread throughout the family.
The following are tips for treatment for this condition:
- Disinfection of footwear is imperative to ensure that fungus does not grow within them. Leather shoes are actually helpful in this regard.
- Utilizing antifungal powders in shoes.
- Washing feet regularly.
- Thoroughly drying feet, especially in between toes.
- Wearing some type of protection for the feet when walking in public areas to prevent the transfer from person to person.
- Utilizing socks that keep feet dry, limiting moisture that fungus thrives on.
Athlete’s foot can become irritating and uncomfortable if not treated and dealt with in the early stages. Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, can help give your feet the best chance of fighting off the fungus that causes this condition. So, please take the time to set up an appointment by calling our podiatry office at (773) 561-8100. Please also review our Patient Education Library to learn about many common feet and ankle conditions that could severely impact your mobility learn about proper foot hygiene and doctor visits.