Athlete's foot

Athlete’s Foot

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that causes red, itchy, peeling or blistering skin. It generally occurs on moist skin between the toes or on flaky skin around the heels.  There are a number of types of fungus that cause this infection. Athlete’s foot can be passed from person to person contact or by walking barefoot in communal areas such as swimming pools and changing rooms.

How is Athlete’s Foot treated?

As with most problems, prevention is better than the cure.  Ensure your feet are dried thoroughly after washing, before you put your socks and shoes on.  Change your footwear regularly, allowing them to dry out in between use (it takes 24-48 hours for your shoes to dry out properly).  If you are using communal areas such as swimming pools and changing areas, wear flip-flops and avoid walking barefoot.

Treatment can vary depending on the type of infection but it normally consists of using an anti-fungal cream or spray.  Although your symptoms may improve, or even disappear all together, after a few days of treatment, it is important that you continue your treatment as advised by your Podiatrist.