Fungus infections of the feet can be a real nuisance. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot with precise treatment. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol ((860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Don’t forget to review our Patient Education section for additional information about this condition and other preventive tips to make sure your foot and ankle health remains top notch.
Athlete's Foot or “tinea pedis” as it’s medically referred to, is a foot infection caused by fungi growing on the skin of the feet that can spread to other parts of the body. This infection commonly occurs between toes and thrives in warm and damp areas, such as in closed shoes. Other factors include keeping feet wet or in sweat for extended amounts of time or direct contact with public pools and locker rooms. This infection is easily spread and signs you have it include skin of the feet that’s broken, itchy, crusty, burning, peeling between toes or if the infection resides on the foot’s side and nails that are brittle or discolored.
To diagnose this condition, a skin biopsy can be executed to determine the specific type of fungus and confirm if it’s the type that causes athlete’s foot. If the test turns out to be positive, treatments include antifungal powders, keeping feet dry, washing feet daily, wearing socks that allow feet to breathe such as cotton socks, changing socks daily and wearing open toe shoes such as sandals. When this condition does not get better within a month and feet are swollen, or a fever is present, prescription medications may be necessary such as antibiotics due to a potential bacterial infection. Moreover, this condition can get worse over time without proper treatment since it can spread easily and cause other complications without even noticing it. Therefore, please contact us right away to get proper treatment now, so that your feet aren’t in pain later.