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Understanding Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, is contracted through exposure to the dermatophyte fungus in warm, damp environments. Places like public showers, swimming pools, and gyms provide ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive. The symptoms of athlete's foot manifest in various ways, often beginning with itching and a burning sensation between the toes. As the infection progresses, the skin may become red, cracked, and blistered, leading to discomfort and pain. In some cases, a rash with scaling and peeling skin may develop. The infection can spread to the soles and sides of the feet, worsening the symptoms. Maintaining good foot hygiene, such as keeping feet clean and dry, wearing breathable shoes, and changing socks regularly, may help to prevent athlete's foot. Athlete’s foot can be successfully treated by a chiropodist. If you have developed this uncomfortable foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can offer the treatment that is right for you. 

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 


The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet

  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet

  • Scaly, red rash on the foot

  • Blisters 

  • Foul odor


Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 


Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day

  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas

  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others

  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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