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Athlete’s foot can be incredibly uncomfortable, and also difficult to control without professional treatment. The specialists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center can help people in Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, Nephi, Eagle Mountain, and St. George, Utah, find lasting relief from athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Call today to set up a visit or schedule using the easy online booking tool.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the top or bottom of your foot or between your toes. It’s closely linked to other fungal infections like jock itch and ringworm.
Knowing the symptoms of athlete’s foot can help you know when to seek treatment. Some things to keep an eye out for include:
Athlete’s foot can occur on one or both feet. Left untreated, the fungal infection can spread to other areas of your body, and also increases your risk of bacterial infection. Taking action as soon as you notice symptoms can prevent significant itching and discomfort.
Your podiatrist can quickly determine if your symptoms align with a fungal infection. Treatment options include prescription-strength topical medications to destroy the fungus.
Some people respond best to oral antifungal drugs, and a combination of topical and oral medications is sometimes the best course of action. Be sure to adhere to treatment guidelines closely to thoroughly eliminate the fungus from your body.
You’ll also need to use an antifungal product to destroy any fungus within your shoes. Wash socks using hot water to prevent reinfection, and consider thoroughly cleaning bathroom and shower floors.
Foot fungus easily spreads from one person to the next. Some people tend to experience frequent infections, so taking steps to prevent athlete’s foot is important.
Foot fungus thrives in environments that are warm and wet. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas with wet floors. This includes gym floors, locker rooms, showers, and even pool decks.
Don’t share shoes or towels with others, and be sure to allow your shoes to thoroughly dry before wearing them again. Taking time to carefully dry your feet after showering or swimming can also go a long way toward reducing your exposure.
If you’re concerned about athlete’s foot, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center to set up a diagnostic exam. Online booking is also an option and can be done any time of day or night.