Athlete’s foot is commonly referred to by this name because it’s common in athlete’s. It’s contagious and is actually a fungal infection. It occurs on the skin of the feet and can increase its coverage to the toenails. It can be contracted by direct contact with someone who has the fungus associated with this condition or by touching compromised surfaces. As in other conditions, the fungus that causes this tends to flourish in warm and moist areas. It’s found in gym locker rooms or swimming pools. After someone has this condition, they are more likely to get it again. Contact our office for an appointment to find out if you have it and if you are inadvertently spreading it to anyone else. Athlete's foot famously makes your feet itch and burn, especially between the toes. Your feet could experience cracking skin also. Most types of athlete’s foot can be treated on your own with store bought lotions. However, for severe cases of this condition, you may need a prescription for medicine that will work in a much stronger manner when rubbed onto the skin of your foot. Our doctors, 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 help to treat your feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
It is imperative that you try to keep your feet clean and dry because the fungi that cause this condition do well in wet and warm places. To make sure you don’t ever get athlete’s foot after its initial occurrence, you can wear sandals in gym locker rooms or swimming pools, and also use a form of medicated powder to keep your feet dry. Wearing wide fitting shoes or open toe sandals made of special fabric that allows for moisture to escape will allow for your feet to withstand the chances of getting this condition because if there is fungus on your feet, it won’t thrive in your shoes.