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By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
July 30, 2018
Category: Podiatry
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No one likes the burning, itching, and cracking typical of athlete's foot. Also, the infection can become very serious if you are diabetic or athlete's foothave a weakened immune system. That's why persistent athlete's foot infections require treatment and prevention strategies from your podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM - Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb. Known for the best podiatric care in the area, your friends at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists will help you have the healthiest, most active feet possible.

No one likes the burning, itching, and cracking typical of athlete's foot. Also, the infection can become very serious if you are diabetic or have a weakened immune system. That's why persistent athlete's foot infections require treatment and prevention strategies from your podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM - Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb. Known for the best podiatric care in the area, your friends at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists will help you have the healthiest, most active feet possible.

Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Also called Tinea pedis by the medical community, Athlete's Foot is a very common fungal infection of the skin between the toes and on the soles of the feet. Spread through person to person contact, shared bathrooms, gyms, and pool areas and by using contaminated nail clippers and other pedicure instruments, this foot fungus causes disturbing symptoms such as:

  • Intense burning and itching
  • Skin redness and swelling
  • Fluid-filled and oozing blisters
  • Skin cracking, particularly between the toes

If the micro-organism spreads, it can infect the groin (causing Jock Itch), hands, or other areas of the body.

Why it happens

The American Academy of Dermatology says that foot fungus is very common and proliferates in moist environments such as locker rooms, showers, swimming pools, or many other public areas where there is a lot of barefoot traffic. Additionally, this microorganism likes dark, sweaty shoes and socks which are not well ventilated. Poor foot hygiene contributes to the problem.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Your Albuquerque podiatrist recommends a podiatric examination if your symptoms are severe and persistent (beyond two weeks). He may advise  continued  application of an over-the-counter antifungal cream, or he may prescribe a stronger medication either in oral or topical form.

Whatever the medication, these preventive measures also are good ways to treat athlete's foot:

  1. Wash your feet with soap and water every day, and dry them completely with a clean towel, particularly between the toes.
  2. Wear clean, natural-fiber socks daily.
  3. Alternate shoes, allowing sweaty pairs to dry completely before wearing them again.
  4. Wear shower sandals or flip flips poolside, in the locker room or at the water park.
  5. Avoid going barefoot outdoors.
  6. Apply athlete's foot powder prophylactically.
  7. Avoid sharing towels with infected individuals.
  8. Use clean nail clippers and files.
  9. Avoid shoes that are all-rubber or plastic as they do not allow the feet to "breathe."

Healthy feet

With a little extra care and cleanliness, you can cure and avoid athlete's foot. For more information on this and other common foot maladies, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM. Call (505) 247-4164.