What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that most commonly presents itself in between the toes. As its name would imply, this condition is often diagnosed in active individuals due to the fact that the fungus is encouraged to grow in hot, moist areas of the body. Athletes with chronically sweaty feet, and persons who wear tight-fitting shoes are all at an increased risk of developing a case of athlete’s foot.
Common Signs & Symptoms
Athlete’s foot usually begins as a red rash that originates between the patient’s toes. In addition to the spread of this rash, individuals with untreated athlete’s foot are likely to experience other symptoms across their feet, including:
Not all cases of athlete’s foot are the same and symptoms may vary slightly on a case-by-case basis. Blisters and ulcers will not normally occur unless the person’s athlete’s foot remains untreated or improperly managed. It is important to consult with a specialist such as Dr. Morreale, if you suspect you may have athlete’s foot, or if you begin to notice your symptoms worsen over a short period of time.
What Are the Risk Factors?
Many assume that every person has an equal likelihood of developing athlete’s foot, but there are actually certain demographics that may be at a higher risk than others. For example, men are more apt to experience athlete’s foot than women.
Even those without an increased risk of encountering athlete’s foot can be diagnosed with the condition. Athlete’s foot is also contagious and can be spread easily. If you visit a public gym, share bed linens or clothes with someone who has athlete’s foot, or walk barefoot in public areas, there is a higher chance of coming into contact with and developing athlete’s foot.
Preventing Athlete’s Foot
Individuals can avoid a potential outbreak of athlete’s foot, and improve the overall health of their feet, by practicing a few simple tips from Dr. Angelo Morreale. Those seeking to limit their potential for developing athlete’s foot should:
- Keep their feet dry
- Change socks regularly
- Wear light, breathable shoes
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day
- Not share shoes
If you are experiencing symptoms of athlete’s foot without any sign of relief, schedule your appointment with Dr. Morreale by calling our office at (318) 797-3668 today!