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Causes and Prevention of Athlete’s Foot

It is easy to pick up an athlete’s foot infection, even if you are not an athlete. This annoying skin infection, termed tinea pedis, is caused by a fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments. The most likely places to become infected with athlete’s foot are swimming pools, showering areas, and gym locker rooms. If you share a showering area or towel with someone who has athlete’s foot, the risk of becoming infected increases, as the fungus is highly contagious. Athlete’s foot is easy to recognize. The skin between the toes or on the bottom of the foot is likely to become itchy, and scaly, and may form blisters. Avoid touching the area with your bare hands as the infection can easily spread to other body parts. To prevent contracting athlete’s foot, wear protective shoes at pools, public showers and locker areas. Keep your feet clean and dry. Don’t share towels. If a case of athlete’s foot becomes severe, has spread, or recurs, it is suggested you see a podiatrist for treatment options.  

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 one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean Podiatry.  Our doctors 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 offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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