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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
August 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Itchy, uncomfortable athlete's foot doesn't have to become a permanent part of your life. Effective prevention and treatment options can athlete's foothelp you clear your infection and avoid a new case of the common fungal infection. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center, serving the Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, area, offer a range of podiatric services, including athlete's foot treatment.

What can I do to prevent athlete's foot?

All fungi, including the athlete's foot fungus, thrive in moist, dark places. Your shoes meet both criteria, particularly if you sweat heavily. Although your supervisor may frown on you walking around the office in sandals, exposing your feet to light and air can help when you're at home. You might have to wear shoes during the day, but that doesn't mean that you can't take a few steps to reduce your athlete's foot risk, such as:

  • Using Powder: Apply powder to your feet before you put on your socks to help keep them drier.
  • Alternate Shoes: The insoles of your shoes trap moisture, even though they look perfectly dry. If you wear the same pair of shoes every day, the fungi will continue to grow and multiply, making it hard to get rid of athlete's foot.
  • Change Your Socks: Bring a clean pair of socks to work and change into them during your lunch break. Wash your feet first or use moist wipes to clean off your feet. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before putting on your socks.

You can also reduce the likelihood of an athlete's foot infection by wearing shower shoes or sandals when you visit public pools or use public locker rooms or shower rooms.

If athlete's foot is a frequent problem, wash your sheets, towels, bath mats, and socks in water that is 140F or hotter. If you use cold water, the fungi won't die.

How can my foot doctor help me?

Over-the-counter preparations may not be strong enough to treat your infection. During a visit to your podiatrist, they may recommend prescription-strength topical medications that are more effective. Oral anti-fungal medication may be an option if your infection doesn't respond to the prescription topical medication.

A visit to the foot doctor can help you finally relieve your athlete's foot symptoms. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center by calling (703) 273-9818 for the Fairfax/Burke office, (703) 723-9267 for the Ashburn/Leesburg office, (703) 556-8637 for McLean/Great Falls, (703) 723-2719 for McLean/Great Falls.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
October 13, 2017
Category: Foot Problem
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a harmless fungal infection that happens to countless people every year. If you are someone who doesn’t wear your shower shoes at your local gym’sAthlete's Foot locker room or the community pool then you may find yourself prone to developing athlete’s foot. If athlete’s foot does happen to you, it’s important that you not only treat the issue but also know how to treat it so that it fully goes away. Here’s what to do if you find yourself faced with this fungal problem.

If you already know you have athlete’s foot then the next step is to treat it. More often than not this issue can be treated with over-the-counter medications. This means that you can easily go to your local pharmacy and find an anti-fungal medication that could clear up your athlete’s foot over time. Of course, if you are someone who gets athlete’s foot regularly, has severe athlete’s foot symptoms or you also have diabetes then you’ll want to see your podiatrist right away.

In some cases, over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to get rid of the infection. If this is the case then a foot doctor will be able to prescribe a much stronger antifungal cream or topical medication. It can take a couple weeks for symptoms to clear up. Make sure that you continue to use the medication until it is finished otherwise you could risk a reinfection.

In the meantime, there are ways to care for your feet either during an infection or after the infection has been treated to prevent another one in the future. This means keeping feet dry at all times, whether you are stepping out of the shower or the pool. Whenever feet get wet, thoroughly dry them off to prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for fungus to grow.

Look for footwear and socks that have breathable materials. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder to your feet or your shoes before putting on footwear. When you take your shoes off make sure to give them a full day to air out before wearing them again. You can also apply more talcum powder in the shoes to eat up the moisture while they air dry.

You’ll also want to protect your feet in public areas where fungus thrives. Local swimming pools, gym showers, and locker rooms are breeding grounds for fungus. Always wear protective sandals whenever you are in these environments.

Whether you are dealing with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot or you just have questions about ways to properly care for your feet, it’s the perfect time to turn to a podiatrist who has all the answers.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 01, 2011
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our Fairfax office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips from Family Foot and Ankle Center for avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with Family Foot and Ankle Center before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our Fairfax office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!



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