Did you know that about 70% of people get athlete’s foot at some point during their life? Though common, without proper treatment, athlete’s foot can significantly affect your quality of life. The team at Metroplex Foot and Ankle, LLP, with offices in Richardson, Garland, and Dallas, Texas, regularly works with patients to diagnose and treat athlete’s foot. To request your consultation today, call the office or click the online booking tool.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that develops on the feet and toes. It’s closely related to ringworm and jock itch and usually responds to conservative methods of care, such as over-the-counter ointments.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to play sports to get athlete’s foot. If you have very sweaty feet or you wear tight shoes that crowd your toes, you’re also at risk.
The most common symptom associated with athlete’s foot is a red rash that develops on the top of your feet and in between your toes. As the condition progresses, you might also experience:
If you have athlete’s foot, it’s important to leave it alone. Picking or scratching at the infection may cause it to spread to your other foot or your hands and fingers.
Athlete’s foot affects people of all ages, races, and sexes, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk including:
You’re also more likely to get athlete’s foot if you share socks, towels, or shoes with someone who already has a fungal infection.
To diagnose athlete’s foot, your provider examines your feet and toes and asks you questions about your symptoms. To help confirm the diagnosis, they might also take a skin scraping or skin biopsy and send it to a laboratory for further testing.
Treatment for athlete’s foot depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you have a mild or moderate case of athlete’s foot, you might benefit from over-the-counter antifungal treatments such as lotions and ointments.
If your athlete’s foot doesn’t respond to these measures, the team might recommend a prescription-strength topical medication or a series of oral antifungal pills.
You might also benefit from lifestyle changes. The Metroplex Foot and Ankle, LLP, team recommends:
Don’t let itchy, scaly feet negatively affect your quality of life. Request your athlete’s foot consultation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.