Athlete’s foot is one of the most common feet conditions in the world. It is a skin fungal infection that can feel itchy and sore if left untreated. It usually develops in and around the toes or heels and can cause dry and flaky skin. This makes things as walking, showering and exercising uncomfortable.
What causes the problem?
Athlete’s foot is a contagious condition that can be picked up from someone’s shedding skin in communal areas such as showers and pools. It can also be passed on directly from person to person contact, although people who sweat are much more prone to infection.
Is it serious?
If left untreated, the fungus can spread to the toe nails causing thickening and yellowing of the nail which is much harder to treat.
How do I prevent it?
It can be prevented by making sure you wash your feet then dry them completely after using a communal space.
What are the treatments?
At AA Podiatry we have years of experience in treating athlete’s foot. Treatment depends on what type of athlete’s foot you have. If the condition occurs on a dry area such as your heel, you need to restore moisture by rubbing in an anti-fungal cream or spray, sometimes combined with a steroid cream which are all available from your local pharmacist. For athlete’s foot where the skin conditions are moist you must wash your feet in as cold water as you can bear then dry them thoroughly. In severe cases, an anti-fungal tablet may be prescribed.
When should I see a podiatrist about it?
You should be able to get rid of athlete’s foot on your own but we can help you pinpoint the best treatment. We can also help if the fungal infection has spread to your nails.
AA Podiatry offer specialist treatment options to customers suffering from athletes foot in Glasgow and the surrounding area including Hamilton, Motherwell, East Stirling, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and the rest of Lanarkshire.
We also offer mobile foot health clinic for several of our treatments in the comfort of your own home particularly for our elderly, disabled and customers suffering from chronic pain. Please contact us for further information
- Keep your feet clean by washing them every day
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them
- Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers
- Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh
- Wear flipflops in public areas such as showers and swimming pool
Do you require advice on athlete’s foot? Call us.