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Don’t be fooled by the name.  Athletes are not the only ones who can get this itchy, fungal, foot infection known as athlete’s foot.  This foot infection is commonly found and spread in areas where you would typically find athletes, such as locker rooms, gyms, and public showers.  Even though athlete’s foot is treatable, it’s also preventable. Taking the proper, preventative steps can keep you from contracting the infection. Podiatrist Dr. Sheldon Fleishman offers a few tips that you can follow to prevent athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus. This fungus eats old skin cells, causing itchiness between and around toes, scaly or cracked patches of skin, dryness on the sole or heel of feet, and thick, ragged, and discolored toe nails.  Although this fungal infection most commonly occurs among teenage boys and young adult males, children and women can also get it.  

People who often have damp or sweaty feet, and those who walk around barefoot where others have walked barefoot, are at a greater risk of developing athlete’s foot.  Developing athlete’s foot doesn’t just come from walking barefoot. The fungus must have the right environment in which to grow, such as sweaty, hot, and tight fitting shoes.  

By following these steps, you will significantly decrease your risk of contracting athlete’s foot.

  • Properly dry your feet after swimming, showering, or bathing.
  • Wear footwear that allows your feet to breathe.
  • Allow 24 hours for your shoes to air before wearing them again.
  • Wear socks that absorb sweat, and change your socks twice a day.
  • Wear shower shoes in public pool and shower areas.

If you do contract athlete’s foot, it’s vital that you take precautions not to spread the infection to other areas of your body. These next steps will help keep the infection from other areas such as the groin and underarms.

  • Use a different towel to dry your feet after showing or bathing.
  • Wash your hands after touching your feet

If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot, it’s important that you seek medical attention from a dermatologist or podiatrist for an official diagnosis.

Athlete’s foot can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications, such as powders and ointments. If left untreated the fungus will continue to spread and become harder to get rid of. Contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman at one of his convenient locations to schedule an appointment.

Locations: Blue Springs, MO (816)228-9393 or Overland Park, Ks (913)381-5515