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By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's FootAthlete’s foot is a fungal condition that develops between the toes, but can also spread to other areas of the foot. The condition is associated with dry, itchy skin that can appear blistered and scaly. Treatments are available for alleviating the symptoms of athlete’s foot, as well as clearing it up. A podiatrist can prescribe an appropriate treatment, as well as recommend methods for preventing it from returning again. Dr.Thomas Neuman is your foot doctor in Northridge, CA, for treating athlete’s foot.

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by a fungal infection. The tinea fungus thrives in places that are moist and warm, such as around swimming pools, in showers, and on locker room floors. Protecting the feet by wearing sandals or other footwear in such places can help prevent athlete’s foot from developing. If athlete’s foot does develop, it can be identified by several symptoms. Athlete’s foot symptoms include:

  • Itchiness
  • Inflammation
  • Blistering
  • Scaliness
  • Dry skin

Treatment and Prevention

There are several options for treating athlete’s foot. Minor cases of athlete’s foot can sometimes be successfully treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal ointments and creams. More severe or chronic cases of athlete’s foot are best treated by a podiatrist who can prescribe a professional strength anti-fungal oral medication or topical ointment. A Northridge, CA, foot doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your specific case of athlete’s foot.

Once the fungal infection has cleared up following successful treatment, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent the athlete’s foot from returning. In general, the feet should be kept dry and clean. Other measures that can be implemented to prevent athlete’s foot from developing include:

  • Wearing airy footwear that allows the feet to breathe
  • Keeping the feet clean and dry
  • Wearing socks with shoes
  • Wearing sandals in/at public locker rooms, showers, and pools
  • Avoiding walking around barefoot
  • Using talcum powder to absorb foot perspiration

Athlete’s foot can be prevented, but treatments are also available if it does develop. For treatment of athlete’s foot, schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman, your foot doctor in Northridge, CA, by calling either the Northridge office location at (818) 885-8400 or the Lancaster office at (661) 945-3628.

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