If you need relief from the persistent itching and burning in your feet caused by athlete’s foot, you can find help at Rhode Island Foot Care. At offices in North Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, Riverside, Johnston, Warwick, Cranston, East Providence, Cumberland, Warren, and Central Falls, Rhode Island, and in Taunton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the board-certified team of podiatrists offer customized treatment plans to clear an athlete’s foot infection. They also help you improve your foot hygiene practices to prevent new infections. Call the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you or book an athlete’s foot consultation online today.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that most often develops in the space between your toes but can also affect other parts of your feet.
The fungus thrives in these areas because of warmth and moisture. You’re more likely to develop athlete’s foot if you walk barefoot, especially in locker rooms and at public swimming pools or showers.
If you don’t practice daily foot hygiene and your feet are often sweaty, your risk for recurrent athlete’s foot infections also increases.
Athlete’s foot can cause the skin on your feet to appear dry and scaly. Your skin might also peel.
Other common signs that you have an athlete’s foot infection include:
These symptoms can affect any part of your foot, especially your toes. An athlete’s foot infection can also spread to the soles of your feet and onto your toenails. If you scratch your itchy, infected skin, you can spread the infection to other areas of your body.
If you can’t relieve your symptoms within two weeks, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at Rhode Island Foot Care for medical treatment.
To clear the fungal infection, the Rhode Island Foot Care team can prescribe an antifungal medication that you take orally or apply topically to your skin.
As the infection resolves, it's important that you also practice good foot hygiene to prevent a recurrence. This includes washing your feet every day with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, especially in the areas between your toes.
The Rhode Island Foot Care team also recommends other ways to reduce your risk for athlete’s foot infections, such as moisture-wicking socks and changing your footwear to lightweight shoes.
If your feet get sweaty, you should change your socks often. You can also add a moisture-absorbing foot powder to your socks to keep your feet dry.
To prevent the spread of disease to others in your home, make sure you sanitize the shower and floors and avoid going barefoot with an active infection.
If you have symptoms of athlete’s foot, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you today.