Wednesday, 03 May 2017 00:00

Preventing and Treating Athlete’s Foot

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

“Athlete’s Foot” is the common term for tinea pedis, a fungal infection most commonly found on the feet.  Because they often walk barefoot in locker rooms and wear sweaty socks, athletes often find themselves dealing with tinea pedis, but it’s not just for sporty types…anyone can get it. 

For most patients, athlete’s foot is a mere inconvenience, although it can be uncomfortable and difficult to cure. For patients with diabetes or a weakened immune system, athlete’s foot can lead to greater infection and should be taken seriously.  If you suspect that you’ve picked up the fungus, you should see Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova for diagnosis and treatment right away so that it doesn’t spread or affect others.

 

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

Tinea pedis thrives in warm, moist environments. It is especially common in public showers, on locker room floors, and around swimming pools.Touching contaminated surfaces or direct contact with an infected person leads to transmission. Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM recommend the following steps to minimize your risk of infection:

$11.     Practice good hygiene! Wash your feet with soap and water every day and dry them well. Pay special attention to the spaces between the toes.

$12.     Use antifungal powder on your feet every day, especially if your feet get sweaty often.

$13.     Don’t share socks, shoes, or towels with others.

$14.     Wear sandals in public showers, around public swimming pools, and in other public places where people commonly walk barefoot, such as hotel rooms.

$15.     Choose socks made out of breathable fibers, such as cotton or wool, or made out of synthetic fibers that wick moisture away from your skin.

$16.     Change your socks daily and more often when your feet get sweaty.

$17.     If possible, vary your footwear daily to give your shoes time to dry out between use.

What Are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Have you noticed any of the following recently? If so, you might have athlete’s foot.

$1·      cracking and peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles

$1·      itching, stinging, or burning between the toes or on the soles

$1·      tiny, itchy blisters

$1·      unusual dry skin

$1·      red, raw skin

 

What If I Get Athlete’s Foot?

At Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care, we see patients with athlete’s foot often. We can usually diagnose your infection through a simple exam, although a lab test is occasionally called for. Treatment is typically as easy as application of antifungal cream or ointment for a few days, but oral medication may be necessary if the infection is severe.

Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova and the friendly staff are here to help your feet feel and look their best and we can get your athlete’s foot infection cleared right up.  Call us at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our Pikesville office without delay.