Known as a painful skin issue, athlete’s foot stems from a highly contagious fungal infection. If you have a foot rash that’s causing flakiness and raw skin, book an exam at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rockwall, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, today. Click on the online scheduling tool or call the location nearest you to book your athlete’s foot evaluation.
Fungal infections can develop anywhere on your body. But when it comes to your feet, the infection is known as athlete’s foot or tinea pedis.
Fungal organisms commonly affect your feet because they’re warm and moist and usually covered by socks and shoes. These are optimal grounds in which fungi can flourish.
It’s likely that you came into contact with athlete’s foot-causing organisms while being barefoot in a communal shower or gym locker room. You can even come into contact with these fungal invaders by walking barefoot near a pool.
In some cases, athlete’s foot spreads to others through indirect contact. For example, if you share shoes with someone who has an athlete’s foot infection, you can come into contact with the fungal organisms and develop a skin infection.
Athlete’s foot can easily progress. Initially, you may experience some minor itching or redness between your toes. As the fungal organisms continue to flourish, you can start suffering with:
To make matters worse, athlete’s foot-causing organisms can spread to other areas, including your toenails. You might start noticing that your toenails are yellowing or are overly brittle.
If you’re experiencing any of these athlete’s foot symptoms, the podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists can help.
In most cases, your podiatrist can quickly diagnose you by examining your feet and talking with you about your symptoms. Laboratory analysis of a skin scraping may be necessary to rule out related conditions. Depending on the severity of your athlete’s foot infection, your podiatrist may recommend:
Your podiatrist at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists even counsels you about how to lower your risk of athlete’s foot in the future. For instance, it’s helpful to let your gym shoes air out overnight, wash and dry your feet daily, and avoid walking barefoot in public areas.
If you have an agonizing athlete’s foot rash, the podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC can help. Book your appointment through the website or over the phone with any office