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What Does Athlete's Foot Look Like?

Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a contagious fungal infection of the skin on the feet. Sometimes, athlete’s foot can be difficult to recognize visually because it can look a lot like dry skin. Nevertheless, there are some telltale signs that indicate a tinea pedis infection. The skin of the feet will typically be very dry, especially on the soles of the feet and in the areas between the toes, and the skin may peel, crack, or blister. Athlete’s foot may also cause a scaly, itchy, red rash to develop on one or both feet. This rash might cause burning or stinging pain. Left untreated, the infection could spread to the toenails and other parts of the body. Fortunately, athlete’s foot can usually be treated with antifungal medications. If you suspect that you may have athlete’s foot, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Boerne, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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