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By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
June 27, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

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.

Athlete's FootHere 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.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
August 24, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Women's athlete's footAthlete's foot is mostly associated with athletes, but this fungal can infect anyone. There are several precautions to take, according to your Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, foot doctors, that will help prevent or manage this foot condition.

More About Athlete's Foot:

Athlete's foot can infect anyone, especially individuals who expose their feet to moist surfaces.

Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Scaly rash
  • Itching
  • Stinging and burning sensation
  • Raw, moist skin between toes

Foot Care Advice in Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak:

There are several preventative measures to take:

  • You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely.
  • Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them.
  • Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again.
  • Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact and touching a contaminated surface like a blanket or doorknob.
  • Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.
  • Don't walk around barefoot in hotel rooms since foot fungus may be on the floor.
  • Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet.

Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem, but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your foot doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, foot doctor today!