Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is the most common fungal infection that affects the feet. It is common in older children, and it might occur in one or both feet. This fungus grows best in warm, moist areas of the skin and between the toes. Someone with this affliction will experience red, moist, scaly, and cracked skin that can be itchy and peeling between the toes. Sometimes they will find small blisters on the bottoms and sides of the feet. This might also be accompanied by an unpleasant odor and can come back repeatedly. Home treatment of athlete’s foot includes washing and drying the child’s feet daily, moisturizing them, using antifungal powders and lotions that can be purchased over-the-counter, wearing clean socks daily, wearing shoes that breathe, not sharing shoes or socks with others, rotating shoes between wearing them, and making sure to wear footwear in public spaces like community showers, gyms, or swimming pools. If the condition is not healing, an infection develops, the feet swell, there is pus or pain, consult with a podiatrist for a more effective treatment for your child’s athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about the overall health of your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your podiatrist if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.