The itching, burning, and scaly skin of athlete’s foot is extremely irritating and contagious. Board-certified podiatrist and the team at Foot and Ankle Center for the Rockies Specialists in Aurora, Colorado, treat athlete’s foot in patients of all ages. If you suspect you may have athlete’s foot, call the office to schedule an appointment.
Athlete’s foot — also called tinea pedis — is a fungal infection that usually affects the area between your toes. However, this infection can affect other parts of your feet and even spread to your hands if you scratch or pick at it. This fungal infection causes dry, itchy, scaly patches to appear on your feet.
Other conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, may also resemble athletes foot.
The same type of fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch also causes athlete’s foot. This fungus often affects the feet because it thrives in warm, dark, and humid conditions, such as damp socks and shoes.
Warm, damp areas — such as locker rooms, swimming pools, public showers, and saunas — are ideal breeding grounds for this fungus. This infection is contagious and spreads easily through contaminated towels, clothes, or floors.
Athlete’s foot got its name because the infection was common among athletes that frequently used these types of facilities and had sweaty feet.
You may have athlete's foot if you experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms on your foot:
Scratching an athlete’s foot rash or using the same towel on other parts of your body can cause the infection to spread, affecting your hands, toenails, or groin.
Although many over-the-counter treatments for athlete’s foot are available, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Athlete’s foot has similar symptoms to other skin problems, such as eczema, but a podiatrist can confirm a diagnosis after examining your foot.
A podiatrist develops a personalized treatment plan to quickly and effectively treat your athlete’s foot. Treatment may include a prescription antifungal cream to kill the infection, as well as advice on how to keep your feet clean and dry in order to prevent future athlete’s foot infections.
If you suspect you have athlete’s foot, don’t hesitate to call the office to schedule an appointment.