Athlete’s foot (also known as tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection that typically develops as a rash between the toes, causing burning, itching and dryness. Because it is contagious and is commonly spread in shared spaces and communal areas like showers, bathroom floors and gym locker rooms, it can be fairly easy for athlete’s foot to spread between people who are regularly in close physical contact. It can also be spread by sharing towels, bath mats, socks, flip flops and other types of foot wear. Dr. David Mansky, a podiatrist in Hastings, Southfield and Caledonia, MI, recommends seeking treatment at the first signs of athlete’s foot in order to minimize the risk of spreading.
Athlete’s Foot Treatment in Hastings, Southfield and Caledonia
Some mild forms of athlete’s foot can be treated with over the counter anti-fungal powder or spray products. Moderate to severe cases of athlete’s foot may require treatment from a podiatrist. Keeping the feet clean and dry is important in preventing and limiting the spread of athlete’s foot. Because it is a fungus, tinea thrives and proliferates in warm, damp spaces like between the toes and the insides of sweaty socks and shoes. Moisture wicking athletic socks can help to keep the feet dry during physical activity (bonus – they also help to prevent blisters!)
Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
The most common symptom is a red, itchy, scaly rash between the toes. It can also cause ulcers and blisters, and spread to the heels of the feet. Athlete’s foot can sometimes resemble eczema or extremely dry skin, and it can also spread to the hands from picking at the dry skin on the feet. If over the counter medication and self care do not clear up the rash, schedule an appointment with a foot doctor for treatment. Patients with diabetes should seek medical attention for any foot problems to prevent potential complications.
Find a Podiatrist in Hastings, Southfield and Caledonia
Getting prompt treatment for athlete’s foot is the best way to prevent it from spreading to your partner. For more information on the treatment option that is best for you, contact the office of Dr. Mansky by calling (616) 891-2577 to schedule an appointment today.