Your shoes may protect your feet from the wear and tear of the pavement, but they may also create an environment that’s friendly to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. At Nashville Podiatry, with offices in Nashville, Gallatin, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, the foot and ankle experts can provide treatments to help clear up your athlete’s foot and prevent a recurrence. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
Athlete’s foot, also referred to as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that occurs on the foot, most often in between the toes. Your feet are prone to the fungal infection because your shoes create a warm, moist, and dark environment that encourages fungal growth.
You may have picked up the fungal infection by walking barefoot around a public pool or shower. Men are more likely to develop athlete’s foot than women.
With athlete’s foot, you may develop a thick, scaly rash in between the toes. The rash may also be itchy and cause blisters. Certain types of athlete’s foot can also lead to the chronic drying and scaling on the soles of your feet that may look like eczema.
Your fungal infection can affect one foot or both and may spread to other parts of your body, such as your hands if left untreated.
Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry may be able to confirm that you have athlete’s foot by examining your rash. To determine the type of fungal infection you have, your specialist may take a sample of your skin and have it tested.
For a mild case of athlete’s foot, your specialist may recommend an over-the-counter antifungal cream. However, these creams fail to penetrate the skin and may not be effective for a more persistent infection, which may require a prescription-strength cream or an antifungal oral medication. Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry works closely with you to determine the best treatment to clear up your infection.
Athlete’s foot is preventable. Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry may be able to help you determine how you may have contracted the fungal infection during your examination. You may be able to prevent a recurrence by:
Athlete’s foot is uncomfortable, but you can clear up the fungal infection quickly with the right treatment.
To get relief from your itchy, scaly, fungal infection, call Nashville Podiatry today or book an appointment online.