Athlete's foot is caused by a common fungal infection that can be found in the locker room at the gym, at the pool, or even on the floor of your own bathroom if you are living with someone who already has it. Although it is contagious, you can reduce your risk of developing it by following a few simple precautions and following preventive measures. In many cases, athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter topical anti-fungal creams or ointments that you can buy at the local drugstore. But if you suffer from chronic outbreaks that do not clear up with conservative treatments, you may need to see a foot doctor for prescription medication. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto offer diagnostic services and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.
Athlete's Foot Prevention and Treatment in Brooklyn, NY
The most common symptom of athlete's foot is intense burning and itching between the toes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you may also notice blistering and a red, scaly rash. It's important to keep in mind that because athlete's foot is caused by a contagious fungal infection, the infection can spread to your hands from your feet from scratching.
What to Do if You Have Athlete's Foot
- Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day with warm water, and always wash your hands immediately after touching your feet
- Wear clean socks that absorb moisture, and give your shoes time to dry and air out between each use
- Consult with a foot doctor of your symptoms get worse or don't clear up with over the counter treatments
How to Protect Yourself and the People You Live With
Fungus lives and thrives in warm, damp environments, like the space between sweaty toes, or on wet floors, towels, and bath mats. The best protection against athlete's foot is to avoid walking barefoot in shared public areas. Wear flip-flops or shower socks, and don't share shoes, socks, or towels with others. Try to wear shoes that allow for ventilation.
Find a Foot Doctor in Brooklyn, NY
For more information on the best way to prevent or treat athlete's foot, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto or Dr. Joseph A. Stuto.