One of the most common foot ailments that affects athletes is, ironically, named after them. Athlete’s Foot is a common problem that is typically contracted in damp, communal places such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and gyms (where most athletes hang out). If you don’t don’t often find yourself in those kinds of places-you’re not exactly in the clear. You can still catch Athlete’s Foot in showers, nail salons–and just by living in a tropical climate.
Athlete’s Foot, otherwise known as its latin name tinea pedis, is an inflammatory skin condition caused by fungal growth on the feet. It can be located on any area of the foot–most commonly affecting the spaces between our toes and the sole. A variety of fungi can cause athlete’s foot–but they aren’t the only culprit. The ailment can also come about due to contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction), a bacterial infection, and other skin diseases like pompholyx (eczema).
How do I know if I have athlete’s foot? Oh, you’ll know. It often appears as an itchy/painful red rash, typically beginning between the fourth and fifth toe. It may be mild for some, making them think it’s just a case of dry skin. For others, the rash may consist of blisters that ooze. If left untreated, the skin can become unsurprisingly raw and sensitive to touch. Or even worse, it might cause your skin to peel. Since you need your toes for walking, this aspect of Athlete’s Foot can be quite bothersome–and pretty yucky!running
As with any infection, your body becomes more susceptible when this ailment occurs, making you more prone to other bacterial infections–which is the last thing you need. In fact, patients with serious cases of Athlete’s Foot may develop a rash that covers the sole of the foot, known as “moccasin foot”–which is no better than its counterpart. As if this pesky condition couldn’t get more annoying…it’s also contagious. That’s right, touching someone with your feet through direct contact, or even sharing a shower can possibly spread this irritating problem. This is why it’s imperative you treat it right away, at the first sign of infection.
How do I treat/prevent Athlete’s Foot?
For one, keep your feet as dry as possible (fungus doesn’t like places that aren’t damp).
Use cotton socks and shoes that let your feet and toes breathe.
If your feet have become raw and sensitive, make sure you’re not rubbing things against them. In other words, go friction-free.powder
Try spraying antiperspirants in your shoes and on your feet, such as Scholls Fresh Step or Drysol.
Try applying powder to your feet.
There are numerous anti-fungal medications–both over the counter and prescription. Some examples are Lotrimin, Micatin, and Ketoconazole.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot, contact us today for effective treat