Athlete's Foot

FootSmart Health Facts from The Podiatry Institute
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One of the most annoying, common, yet easily treated foot conditions is athlete's foot. Though often found between the fourth and fifth toes, athlete's foot can appear anywhere on the foot, and is contagious.

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As the name suggests, the most common cause of athlete's foot is perspiration, meaning everyone – not just athletes – are susceptible. Wet feet trapped in closed-in shoes, socks and hose provide the perfect environment for the athlete's foot fungus, which thrives in warm, dark, moist climates.

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Do your feet itch or burn? Do they feel like they're on fire? Also called tinea pedis, athlete's foot can result in red, burning, scaly, itchy feet, and usually appears as a scaling rash, making your feet feel like they're "on fire." Some strains can cause small blisters or fluid-filled vesicles to appear on inflicted areas.

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The best way to prevent against athlete's foot is to keep your feet dry. If you do get athlete's foot, however, careful hygiene and the regular use of anti-fungal creams and powders should alleviate symptoms.

Make sure you practice the following to guard against athlete's foot:

  • Wash feet with an anti-bacterial soap.
  • Dry feet well after showering or bathing.
  • Apply anti-fungal powders and creams to absorb excess moisture.
  • Change your socks often, especially after exercising or perspiring.
  • Wear rubber sandals when using public showers or pools, or when you go to the gym.

If the problem persists or reoccurs on a regular basis, The Podiatry Institute recommends that you see a podiatrist to determine if the skin rash is due to another cause.

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This information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions is reviewed by the Running Injury Clinic, as well as The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health. The Running Injury Clinic and The Podiatry Institute do not endorse a specific treatment, product or therapy. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While the products are designed to help relieve symptoms of your ailments, they may not be a cure and will not provide the same results for everyone. Please consult your health care provider on all matters relating to this or any other condition that may affect your health.