Athlete’s foot is a very common contagious fungus that usually begins between the toes. The rash-like infection most often occurs in people whose feet get too sweaty. At Precision Footcare in Midtown East, New York City, board-certified podiatrist John Jurcisin, DPM, ABPS, FACFAS, provides the proper diagnosis and treatment. Don’t let Athlete’s Foot spread. Schedule an appointment online or call the Precision Footcare office for professional advice on treatments available for your fungal infection.
The fungi in athlete’s foot grows in closed, moist environments, such as the inside of an athlete’s shoes. It’s mildly contagious and the infection can spread easily if you come into contact with infected skin particles. For example, you can get athlete’s foot if you step on the fungi while walking barefoot on the floor.
Depending on your health, athlete’s foot isn’t that serious. However, if you leave it untreated, you can run into long-term problems with the fungi growing and spreading onto other body parts.
Yes. While the fungi type is the same, athlete’s foot fungal infections can grow almost anywhere on your foot. Athlete’s foot can grow between your toes and fingers, wrap around your foot, or create blisters on your feet. It can even create sores or ulcers on your foot.
Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that affects most people at some point in their lives. You should do your best to treat it as soon as you see the first sign of athlete’s foot since the infection can spread and won’t go away on its own. You should call Dr. Jurcisin if you begin to see the fungi spreading. He will prescribe you the proper medication.
Athlete’s foot can generally be treated with over-the-counter medication. There are antifungal powders that you can put on your feet and in your shoes to manage the infection. Antifungal creams and sprays are also effective treatments.
It usually takes up to a week or two to completely get rid of an athlete’s foot infection. Remember to keep your feet dry while undergoing treatment to prevent the fungi from growing.
Never walk barefoot in community areas such as pools, gyms, or changing rooms.
Don’t share used towels, socks, or shoes to prevent contracting any fungal infection. Also remember to:
Athlete’s foot is usually treatable at home, but if it you’re having trouble controlling it, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Jurcisin at Precision Footcare to get the proper attention, care, and advice.