What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection affecting the skin between the toes. This is more common amongst sports people, who share communal bathing areas more regularly.
What are the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?
1. A scaly, itchy rash that becomes red and sore.
2. The rash may spread to the sole of the foot.
3. Cracked skin
4. Raw tissue showing
What are the causes of Athlete’s Foot?
We all have a certain level of bacteria and fungi living on our skin, this is harmless and doesn’t usually cause any problems. But if in moist warm conditions regularly, the fungi can multiply and grow in to a problem. This will lead to a skin infection.
Our feet provide a warm, humid and dark environment for this infection to grow and develop. Athlete’s foot is contagious and easily be passed on to another person through skin-to-skin contact. Another way Athlete’s foot can be passed on is through sharing towels or touching contaminated objects like bed sheets and even clothing.
What should I do if I have Athlete’s Foot?
A consultation with a podiatrist will identify symptoms appear and obtain the correct treatment promptly. You should wear clean cotton socks, breathable footwear and avoid moist, sweaty environments for your feet is advisable.
What shouldn’t I do if I have Athlete’s Foot?
Wearing old trainers which do not allow your feet to breathe can worsen the problem.
Could there any long – term effects from Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is not a serious infection and can be treated quickly and easily with an antifungal cream, spray or powder. However, the fungal skin infection commonly spreads to the toenails, leaving fungal nail infections which can be more difficult to treat.
Podiatry treatment for Athlete’s Foot
A Podiatrist can advise on the most effective treatment for your symptoms, as well as providing information about how to avoid the problem returning. Simple steps to reduce Athlete’s foot from recurring include; washing toes and feet daily and thoroughly drying between the toes to avoid a moist home for the fungus to thrive, changing socks daily and alternating your footwear, and wearing flip – flops when at the swimming pool or other communal wet areas.