Have you ever experienced a painful itching and rash infection on the inner webbing of your feet? If so, you may be experiencing a condition known as athlete’s foot. This skin infection is most commonly found in both the inner parts of your toes as well as the soles of your feet. The actual infection that causes athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, which can be infectious and spread from person to person by walking on floors that have been contaminated. It can be a very serious condition and can become very painful if not treated properly.
Where Does Athlete’s Foot Come From?
Although the name of the condition does sound like it will only pertain to those who exert great physical stress on their feet, athelete’s foot does not always happen for strictly athletes. There are a number of different places that one can contract athlete’s foot through a contaminated walking surface such as a swimming pool, gym, locker room, and even a nail salon. The contamination of socks and clothing will greatly increase the spread of the fungus.
The fungus itself is known by its medical name tinea pedis. It’s growth inside the inner webbings of your toes will cause you to itch and scratch, leading to a scaly red epidermis and even some periodical oozing of pus.
What are some of the effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot from occuring? Because it is caused by a contagious fungus, it is best to keep from walking anywhere barefoot that may be contaminated. If you frequently exercise and wear both socks and shoes, maintain the cleanliness of your shoes and keep your feet dry using fresh socks and powder. The prevention of sweat buildup inside your shoe is a primary concern if you already have athlete’s foot. You can also apply any type of antifungal cream and medicated powder which will help heal and keep your feet dry.
With any foot condition, it is important to seek medical help to gain some guidance on how to treat it properly. If you have athlete’s foot and are looking to relieve the pain, contact Dr. Pedram Aslmand for a consultation today!