The term ‘Athlete’s Foot’ is given to almost any inflamed skin disease that will affect the skin between the toes or the sole of your feet. If you think you might have this condition, feel free to contact a podiatry Kensington such as Orthotic Solutions Podiatry or any other reputable podiatry clinic that is closer to you and schedule an appointment.
This condition usually shows as a scaly, raw-appearing, red eruption that can occasionally start to oozy or weep with small blisters. The usual cause is a fungal infection but there are plenty of other causes that can be indistinguishable without actual testing.
The medical term for this condition is tinea pedis, and there are a variety of fungi that could be the main cause of athlete’s foot for you. These fungi can be contracted in any number of locations, such as locker rooms, swimming pools, nail salons, gyms, communal shows and even from contaminated clothing and socks. The fungi can also be spread with a simple human contact.
Symptoms and signs of Athlete’s foot
Many patients will have no symptoms of this condition and they will not even get an infection. Some might just experience dry skin on their feet, and not think more of that. The most common symptoms of this condition include a degree of stinging, burning and itching; you might frequently feel pain, and in more severe cases, fissuring, pain, cracking and annoying itches between the toes.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should contact your local podiatrist, and those who do not have one can always visit Orthotic Solutions Podiatry in Bondi Junction. It is very important to have this condition treated on time.
Treatment for Athlete’s foot
Since this condition is never caused by just one thing, there is no ‘one’ treatment. However, all the causes of athlete’s foot will go away if your skin was clean, dry and in a friction-free environment, so that is sometimes seen as the ultimate treatment.
First of all, it is very important that you have the proper footwear; shoes made from a material such as vinyl will cause your feet to remain moist and will promote the growth of fungi. Likewise, you might want to try wearing socks made out of cotton, as they wick water away and that might help you.
Individuals who tend to sweat a lot can also benefit from using antiperspirants such as Drysol. In some cases, the powder can also be of help, as it tends to absorb any moisture and keep your feet dry. If you have the time, you should try soaking your feet in an aluminum acetate solution and then dry them with a fan, and repeat this 3-4 times in 30 minutes.
The fungal infections are usually treated by your podiatrist’s prescription medication for anti-fungal creams. The treatment for this condition needs to be continued for about 4 weeks or at least a week even after all of the issues on your skin has disappeared.
The more advanced athlete’s foot conditions will require proper podiatry visits and a routine of applying antifungal cream as well as taking pills. But, it is always safer to let your podiatrist to the diagnosing, and never take matter into your own hands. You could try some home remedies, but nothing too extreme or expensive before talking to a professional.