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Preventing and Treating Athlete's Foot

Athlete's FootDo you feel like you are constantly dealing with athlete’s foot? Let us help.

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually causes an itching, burning rash on the feet (usually between the toes or on the soles). Everything from leaving sweaty feet confined in the same shoes all day to not wearing protective sandals when taking a shower at your gym can cause athlete’s foot. If this fungal infection is happening or has happened to you, our Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists - Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova - are here to shed some light on how to handle this pesky little problem.

How to Treat Athlete’s Foot

If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is dealing with a bout of athlete’s foot then you may be able to handle the infection on your own with over-the-counter medication. Your local pharmacy has a variety of antifungal treatments just perfect for taking care of your athlete’s foot. If you are unsure of what medication to choose, you can also ask the pharmacist.

However, if you are someone who has a severe case of athlete’s foot, or if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and have a fungal infection in your feet it’s important that you turn to your Amsterdam and Manhattan foot doctor immediately. People living with diabetes know the importance of receiving immediate foot care when problems arise to prevent serious complications. We can easily provide you with the prescription anti-fungal medication you need.

Remember, if you aren’t seeing results from at-home medication don’t hesitate to reach out to us for an appointment. After all, not all fungal infections will respond to OTC medication. Sometimes prescription-strength medication or oral medication is what’s required to finally kick that infection out of your system.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

If you are someone who deals with athlete’s foot regularly you may be wondering what’s going on. Fungus is all around us, but there are certain precautions we can take to prevent fungus from infecting our feet. These precautions include:

  • Wearing protective shoes or sandals in public areas such as swimming pools, public restrooms/showers, and gyms
  • Not wearing the same shoes two days in a row
  • Spraying shoes with an antifungal spray or powder after wearing them
  • Not sharing towels, bath mats, socks, or shoes with an infected person
  • Disinfecting the tub after each use when a member of the family has athlete’s foot
  • Removing sweaty shoe and socks immediately

If you are dealing with severe or recurring athlete’s foot and require professional care, turn to Foot Health Podiatry today. We offer foot clinics in both Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, to serve you better.

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