With its burning or itching, athlete’s foot is uncomfortable and, at times, almost unbearable. When over-the-counter creams don’t fix the problem, find help at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists in Grapevine and Keller, Texas. With their board-certified podiatrists, you get over 30 years of experience that can get your feet feeling better as soon as possible. To stop the burn and itch for good, call to schedule your initial consultation.
While athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, has a variety of symptoms, the most common are burning and itching, typically between the toes. You may not see it, but the itch and burn result from a red, scaly rash. Peeling skin, blisters, or ulcers may also accompany the rash.
Your feet may burn and itch constantly, but for most people, the symptoms of athlete’s foot worsen right after taking off their shoes and socks. The condition can impact both of your feet and spread to other areas of the body, most commonly your hands and fingers.
The condition can also make your toenails dry and brittle. They may thicken or become discolored.
A fungal infection causes athlete’s foot, and it’s common in those who repeatedly have sweaty feet in too-tight shoes.
Athlete’s foot spreads easily, either through direct or indirect contact. It’s especially contagious in warm, wet environments, such as public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools.
Although anyone can get athlete’s foot, it’s more common among those who live with, share a shower with, or sleep in the same bed as someone with the condition.
You can treat mild cases of athlete’s foot at home with an over-the-counter antifungal cream, spray, or powder. If this medication isn’t strong enough or the infection returns, you may need a stronger medication.
In these cases, your podiatrist usually recommends prescription-strength antifungal creams or topical steroid ointments to eradicate the condition; if you have severe athlete’s foot, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication.
Beyond medication, the team at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists counsel you on ways to improve your athlete’s foot and prevent further outbreaks. They may suggest that you:
Don’t let athlete’s foot make you uncomfortable. Find a solution at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists — call today.