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Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a skin infection caused by a fungus that grows between the toes or on the soles of the feet. The fungus usually attacks the feet because wearing shoes creates a warm, dark and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. The fungus also tends to grow in the areas around swimming pools, locker rooms and showers, and since athletes tend to use these areas, it’s easy to see how the term athlete’s foot received its name. Not all foot rashes are athlete’s foot, and some conditions such as disturbances of the sweat mechanism or reaction to materials made in the production of shoes, as well as eczema and other skin disorders, can also mimic athlete’s foot.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Signs of athlete’s foot include dry skin, itching, scaling, inflammation and blisters. Blisters can also lead to a cracking of the skin. If the blisters break, they can leave small areas of tissue exposed. This can cause pain, burning and a possible infection that can spread.

Athlete’s foot may be spread to the soles of the feet, toenails and other areas of the body if the infection is scratched and then you touch yourself elsewhere.

How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Wash your feet daily with soap and water, especially between the toes. Change your shoes and hose regularly to keep moisture at bay and use a quality foot powder in your shoes for an extra line of defense. You are also encouraged to wear shoes with good air circulation.

Make an Appointment With a Podiatrist

If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot in the Cincinnati area, make an appointment with your Cincinnati podiatrist at The Center for Foot Care at your earliest convenience. Your podiatrist will determine if a fungus is the true cause of the problem. If it is, a proper treatment plan will be recommended.

on 24, Jul 2017
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