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All You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin infection caused by dermatophytes, a type of mold-like fungi. These fungi naturally reside in the skin folds of the foot and generally remain in check if the foot is kept clean and dry. However, conditions like wearing tight, closed shoes or plastic footwear can create a warm, moist environment that promotes fungal growth. The two main fungi responsible for athlete's foot are trichophyton rubrum, which causes moccasin-like lesions and tends to be chronic, and trichophyton mentagrophytes, causing sudden, severe blister-like lesions between the toes. Both conditions are contagious and can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or indirectly via contaminated objects like towels, shoes, or wet floors. The risk of contracting athlete's foot increases with age and is higher among those with weakened immune systems. If you have athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida.  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 Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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