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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Athlete’s foot is an itchy rash on your feet that is the most common fungal infection among athlete’s. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the top layer of your skin and thrives in wet, warm places like in between your toes. It spreads easily and is very contagious and is most likely contracted by walking barefoot on a contaminated floor near swimming pools or locker rooms.

If you believe you may have one of these types call Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama for a consultation visit.

Here are the 3 types of athlete’s foot and their symptoms;

Toe web infection – occurs between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin will typically peel and crack, ultimately breaking down.

Moccasin infection – will start with soreness on the foot and the skin on the bottom of the foot will become thick and crack. Some cases the toenail can get infected and perhaps fall off. This will need a different treatment.

Vesicular infection – arises with an abrupt outbreak of pus filled blisters under the skin and can appear anywhere on the foot. A bacterial infection can also be contracted with this type.

How to avoid Athlete’s foot;

  • Dry the areas between your toes after showering or swimming
  • Wear cotton socks that absorb perspiration
  • Keep your feet dry and clean always
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet to help with moisture
  • Let your shoes air out for 24 hours before you use them again
  • Wear shoes made of material that will allow your feet to breathe
  • Don’t go barefoot in public spaces

How to help the itching:

  • Use baking soda and water paste between your toes or on your feet – rinse thoroughly and dry your feet
  • Dust cornstarch or powder in itchy areas
  • Steep five tea bags in a liter of boiling water, let cool to a warm temperature, soak your feet for 30 minutes
  • Apply an antifungal over the counter medication

Athlete’s foot isn’t a serious condition but can be hard to cure. More importantly If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and believe that you have athlete’s foot call 313-274-0990 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan. 

Athlete’s foot is classified as a fungal infection, leading to symptoms of inflammation, redness, and irritation. Although there are prescription topical creams for treating fungal infections, certain foods can also help alleviate symptoms. Garlic, cayenne pepper, yogurt, cranberries, and high fiber foods all can help treat infection. Opt for foods high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and zinc.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, contact Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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