Swimming in the town pool, heading off to summer camp, getting a pedicure to show off your toes in strappy sandals—these are all common summertime activities many of us enjoy. They are also the perfect breeding ground for the fungal infection known as Athlete’s Foot. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic we want you to enjoy your summer and be safe, so here’s what you need to know about Athlete’s Foot.
How Do You Get It?
Athlete’s Foot is contracted by coming in direct contact with the fungus. The fungus thrives in wet and warm areas. When people go barefoot in places like swimming pool locker rooms or public showers, the fungus is quickly spread as each person comes in contact with it.
What Does it Look Like?
In its milder forms, Athlete’s Foot takes the form of scaling and itching. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch of the foot. As the condition worsens, it can spread to the bottom or sides of the foot. The inflammation and pain increases and the skin may blister.
There are various kinds of medications, both over the counter and prescription, in the form of powders, lotions, or ointments that can help treat the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot. Before starting any treatment, however, make an appointment to see Dr. A. Bil Buksh, our board certified podiatrist. Dr. Buksh is dedicated to providing the highest standard of foot care in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties. He will be able to prescribe the right treatment after examining your foot and determining the severity of your case. He will also want to rule out other foot conditions whose symptoms mimic Athlete’s Foot, such as pustular psoriasis and contact dermatitis.
Once a diagnosis of Athlete’s Foot is confirmed, in addition to medication, Dr. Buksh may recommend soaking your foot in warm water and wearing open sandals and other footwear that allows air to circulate around the foot to speed the healing process. Once healed, you can help prevent Athlete’s Foot from reoccurring by avoiding going barefoot in public places that are high risk areas for fungus and by washing your feet daily and drying them thoroughly. For more information about Athlete’s Foot and other common foot ailments, browse the patient library on our website.