Athlete’s foot can be a tenacious condition that often requires medical intervention to finally put an end to the fungal infection. Because the team of board-certified podiatrists at FOOTDRx understands how a seemingly minor condition can wreak havoc on your feet, they work to quickly remedy athlete’s foot. If you’re struggling with athlete’s foot, call one of the New York City locations in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, or Bushwick, Brooklyn; or the New Jersey location in Englewood. You can also use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.
Athlete’s foot, which is medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that typically strikes your toes. The fungus is in the same family as those that lead to jock itch or ringworm, and it’s typically passed around in warm, wet environments, such as locker rooms and sports equipment, which is how the condition got its name.
While not necessarily dangerous, athlete’s foot can lead to considerable discomfort as the rash becomes itchy or painful.
As mentioned above, athlete’s foot often presents itself as a scaly, red rash that develops on top of, and in between, your toes.
Left unchecked, athlete’s foot can lead to blisters or ulcers, which is of particular concern for patients who have diabetes or circulatory problems in their feet. If you have a pre-existing condition that compromises the health of your feet, it’s imperative that you make an appointment at FOOTDRx at the first signs of athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot can also spread to your hands, your groin, and your nails, and this makes early intervention at FOOTDRx a good idea.
To diagnose your athlete’s foot, your podiatrist at FOOTDRx reviews your symptoms and performs a physical exam. They may take a sample of the tissue to rule out other issues such as eczema.
Once your provider confirms athlete’s foot, they recommend antifungal medications, which come in various forms, such as ointments, sprays, or powders.
As important as the medications are in clearing up athlete’s foot, there are other tactics you should implement to prevent it from returning, such as:
With some due diligence on your part, you can help clear up your athlete’s foot in no time at all and prevent a recurrence.
For quick and easy resolution of your athlete’s foot, call one of the four FOOTDRx locations or request an appointment using the online booking feature.