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Types of Athlete’s Foot

There are several types of fungi that are classified as dermatophytes which can cause skin infections, including athlete’s foot. There are different types of athlete’s foot, and each have their own symptoms. The most common form of athlete's foot is called chronic interdigital athlete’s foot, and the skin is generally itchy between the fourth and fifth toes. It can develop by wearing shoes that are too tight, creating a moist environment that can encourage fungal growth. Chronic scaly athlete's foot, which is also referred to as moccasin-type, can be found on the sole of the foot. The skin is typically dry, and underneath it can be pink and tender. The least common type of this kind of skin infection is referred to as acute vesicular athlete’s foot. The symptoms that are associated with this can consist of blisters that develop on the bottom or top of the foot, and is caused by multiple fungi. Athlete's foot is considered to be contagious, and it is advised to wear appropriate footwear while in public swimming pools, locker rooms, and standing on shower room floors. If you have signs of this skin infection, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can start you with the appropriate treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor 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 office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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