Posts for tag: Tinea Pedis
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.
To avoid the possible side effects that accompany prescription drugs, natural remedies are available for use to treat Athlete’s foot. Apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil can be rubbed directly onto areas affected by Athlete’s foot. To create a solution to soak your feet in, mix one part white vinegar and two parts warm water. Soak the feet in this for fifteen minutes. Similarly, garlic can be grinded into a fine paste, mixed into a tub of water, and used as a fifteen-minute soak for the feet. Another remedy can be found in neem leaves, which can be boiled in water for ten minutes. After the water has cooled, wash feet twice a day in the solution to treat Athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot can be treated successfully using any of the aforementioned methods. If you would like assistance with the treatment of Athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.
What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.
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