Athlete’s foot isn’t a rash caused by sweaty feet; it’s a contagious fungal infection that affects up to 25% of men, women, and children at any given time. Dr. David J. Sands of Sands Podiatry in Great Neck, New York is an award-winning podiatrist who stops athlete’s foot before it spreads to other areas of your body. If you’re a man, woman, teen, or child with athlete’s foot and you live in the North Shore area, contact Dr. Sands by phone or online booking form for athlete’s foot treatment.
Athlete’s foot is an infection caused by the same fungus that’s implicated in ringworm and jock itch. The fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions, such as those found at the:
You can pick up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot by walking barefoot in warm, moist environments such as pools and gyms. You can also get it from sharing shoes, socks, towels, flooring, or a bed with someone who has athlete’s foot.
You’re more likely to develop athlete’s foot if you have sweaty feet, damp socks, or tight-fitting shoes. Men are more likely to catch athlete’s foot than women are.
Athlete’s foot tends to be red, scaly, and itchy. Athlete’s foot usually first appears between the toes or on the soles of your feet. In some cases of athlete’s foot, you may also have blisters, ulcers, or dry patches.
Athlete’s foot may climb up the sides of your foot and can even spread to other parts of your body. If you scratch your itchy athlete’s foot rash, be sure to wash your hands afterward to avoid spreading it.
If you have a mild case of athlete’s foot, you can resolve it with an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-fungal ointment, spray, powder, or lotion. Thoroughly clean and dry your feet before applying the remedy. If your athlete’s foot is extensive or doesn’t resolve with OTC treatment, contact Dr. Sands.
Dr. Sands kills the fungal infection that causes athlete’s foot with either topical or oral antifungal agents or a combination of both. He also recommends lifestyle adjustments to prevent a future case of athlete’s foot, such as:
When you have athlete’s foot, Dr. Sands can stop it before it spreads. Contact him for an athlete’s foot consultation by calling his friendly team or booking an appointment online.