Athlete's foot can be a challenging condition to treat on your own. Fortunately, here at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Saginaw, MI, your podiatrists, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michelle Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky, offer treatments that will help improve your uncomfortable symptoms.
How did I get athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is caused by the tinea pedis fungus, a highly contagious fungus often found in locker rooms, public shower, and pool areas. The fungus latches on to your feet if you happen to use the same shower stall as someone who has athlete's foot, walk through the locker room barefoot, or share socks, shoes, towels or other items that have come in contact with the fungus.
Why do I still have athlete's foot
If your itchy rash just won't go away, you may be unwittingly reinfecting yourself. Washing socks, bedding, towels, washcloths, and bath mats in 140 F water will kill the fungus and reduce the risk of a reinfecting yourself or infecting a friend or family member. It's also important to wear shoes, socks, or slippers indoors to prevent transferring the fungus to floors and other surfaces.
Rotating the shoes you wear can also help you keep athlete's foot under control. Fungi prefer dark, moist conditions and thrive in sweaty shoes. Your shoes won't dry out if you wear them every day, and your symptoms may never go away. Don't forget to change your socks often if you tend to perspire heavily and wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas.
Furthermore, if you've been living with athlete's foot for weeks or months, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors. Your podiatrist can prescribe topical or oral anti-fungal medications that are much more effective in killing fungi than drugstore athlete's foot products.
Need relief? Give us a call
End your struggles with athlete's foot with a visit to the foot doctor! Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists by contacting one of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care's offices in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Saginaw, MI, today.
- (734) 261-3400 for Livonia
- (248) 549-3338 for Royal Oak
- (734) 261-3400 for Saginaw