What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common condition referring to a fungal organism infecting the skin of the foot, medically named Tinea Pedis. Fungus infections are common on the feet because fungus thrive on the body in warm, moist, dark areas that are enclosed, typically in a shoe.

 

How do I get Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s’ foot is very contagious and can be contracted and spread through:

  • Person to person
  • Touching surfaces and objects contaminated by the fungus.

Common places to contract a fungal infection are:

  • Walking barefoot in areas such as:
    • Gym change rooms and showers
    • Pool decks and pool change rooms
    • Sharing a shower with someone with the fungal organism.

Not only is Athlete’s foot contagious to others, but also contagious to you. If left untreated, the fungus can spread to your nails, hands, groin area and the rest of your body.

 

Signs and symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot can present itself in many ways, but common signs and symptoms are:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Scaling
  • Discoloration
  • Maceration (white, soggy)
  • Pain

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How do I treat and prevent my Athlete’s Foot?

If you have any concerns about potentially having Athlete’s foot, making an appointment with your local Chiropodist for an assessment and education is the first step.

  • Prescribed and over the counter topical antifungal creams and astringents can clear up Athlete’s foot within a few weeks.
  • Keep your feet dry
  • Change your socks every day
  • Clean and disinfect existing shoes
    • Clean Sweep (over the counter spray)
    • UV Lighting – SteriShoe

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  • Buy new, uninfected shoes
  • Wear breathable socks such as cotton
  • Wear breathable shoes
  • Wear sandals when at the gym or pool
  • Disinfect or bleach shower before and after use