Athlete's Foot Specialist

Desert Foot & Ankle

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

When your feet sweat while you’re wearing socks and shoes, it creates the perfect damp environment for athlete’s foot, a common fungal infection, to grow. At Desert Foot and Ankle in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, the team of board-certified podiatrists treats athlete’s foot with medication so you can prevent it from spreading and give your feet room to breathe. Book an appointment online or over the phone to get treatment for athlete’s foot.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection on the foot that looks like a scaly red rash. The rash usually appears between your toes, but it may also affect the sides or soles of your feet.

When you have athlete’s foot, symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Cracking

Though the majority of cases are mild, it’s sometimes more severe, resulting in symptoms including blisters, ulcers (open sores), and chronic dryness. If you develop open sores on your foot, your skin becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection.

What causes athlete’s foot?

You develop athlete’s foot when you become infected with a fungus, which thrives in warm, moist environments.

It’s very easy to spread athlete’s foot to others or get it from someone else. If you spend time in a locker room, full of people with exposed skin who have been sweating, you’re in an ideal environment for spreading the fungus. You may get athlete’s foot from contact with infected floors, towels, and clothing.

If you wear tight shoes and socks that don’t allow your feet to breathe during physical activity, you’re trapping moisture and heat, creating an environment for fungus to grow. This risk increases if you’re in a warm and humid climate.

Though the infection starts on your feet, athlete’s foot can spread if you scratch the affected area and then touch other parts of your body. The spread of the fungus also puts you at risk of developing a bacterial infection.

How do I prevent athlete’s foot?

In order to prevent athlete’s foot, you need to keep your feet dry and protect them from contact with the fungus.

To prevent athlete’s foot from growing on your feet, make sure the area between your toes is dry after you exercise, and if your socks become damp, change them as soon as possible. Also, keep your feet clean and wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe and let them dry before you wear them again.

When you’re in a locker room or any environment where people sweat a lot, don’t walk barefoot. Be sure never to share shoes, towels, or unwashed clothing.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Many cases of athlete’s foot respond to topical creams, sprays, and ointments that you can buy over-the-counter. If these over-the-counter remedies don’t improve the infection, your Desert Foot and Ankle podiatrist can provide prescription medication, including topical steroids, oral antifungal medications, and oral antibiotics.

Athlete’s foot can have complications beyond your feet, especially if the infection spreads, or you develop a secondary infection. Be sure to schedule an appointment at Desert Foot and Ankle right away if your symptoms have gotten worse or you keep developing athlete's foot.

Get treatment for athlete’s foot before it spreads. Book an appointment at Desert Foot and Ankle online or over the phone today.