Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a condition that leaves the skin of the feet feeling dry, itchy, blistered, and scaly. Fortunatly, your Livonia podiatrist can recommend treatment options to both provide symptom relief and help clear up the condition altogether.
Here at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky are your podiatrists for the treatment of athlete’s foot.
Cause of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is caused by being exposed to tinea fungus, an organism that can infect the skin and lead to itchiness, blistering, and scaling. The tinea fungus readily thrives in environments that are warm and moist, such as locker room floors, showers, and around swimming pools. When an individual develops athlete’s foot, the condition can be difficult to eliminate because shoes also create a warm and humid environment that accommodates the fungus.
Athlete’s foot is best prevented by protecting and caring for the feet. For instance, avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms and around public pools. It is also advisable to wear sandals or other footwear when using locker room showers. Other ways to prevent athlete’s foot include keeping the feet clean and dry, using talcum powder to reduce foot perspiration, and wearing light and airy shoes. It can also be helpful to wear moisture-wicking socks that help keep the feet dry and be sure to change your socks frequently if perspiration is a problem.
Treatment for Athlete’s Foot
Several options are available for treating athlete’s foot. Mild cases of athlete’s foot can sometimes be successfully treated with over-the-counter topical anti-fungal ointments and creams. Serious or persistent cases of athlete’s foot, on the other hand, require stronger treatments only available by prescription. If you think that your condition requires these more powerful treatments, a visit to our Livonia office can determine whether a prescription-strength oral anti-fungal medication or topical ointment is best for treating your athlete’s foot.
Give us a call!
For athlete’s foot treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertelle-Semma, or Dr. Stefansky, today by calling Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care's Livonia office at (734) 261-3400. Appointments can also be schedule at one of their other convenient locations by calling (248) 956-0177 for Commerce Township, (248) 549-3338 for Royal Oak, or (734) 261-3400 for Saginaw.