Is athlete's foot affecting you? Athlete’s foot is a mildly contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It is common and usually easily treated. Dr. Jacqueline Babol at Foot and Ankle Clinic, with offices in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, offers treatments for athlete's foot.
What is athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is a skin infection caused by fungus. It is caused by fungus growing on the skin. The fungus that causes the infection thrives in dark and moist places. You are more likely to get athlete's foot if you don't keep your feet dry and clean, share shoes or towels with other people, or have a weakened immune system.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of athlete's foot typically include itching, stinging, and burning. The skin on your foot may peel, and in severe cases, there may be some pain, cracking, and fissuring in the toe webs. Occasionally, athlete's foot causes blisters to form on the bottom of your foot. If left untreated, there is a risk that the infection will spread to your toenails.
How is it treated?
Many prescription medications are available to treat athlete's foot. Your podiatrist may have you apply a cream that contains medicine that destroys the fungus. If you have a severe case of athlete's foot, your doctor may prescribe a more powerful, oral antifungal medicine. Foot powders can help keep your feet dry. Absorbent socks that wick water away from your feet may also help.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Don't wait another minute- call Foot and Ankle Clinic at 866-303-3668 today to schedule an appointment in Spokane Valley, WA. Call 208-762-0909 to schedule an appointment in Hayden, ID. Call 208-762-0909 to schedule an appointment in Kellogg, ID. Your feet will be in expert hands with our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol.