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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet, particularly between the toes. Symptoms include itching, burning, and stinging sensations, often accompanied by redness, peeling, and cracking skin. The affected areas may also appear swollen and develop blisters. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination by a podiatrist, who may scrape a small sample of the affected skin to examine under a microscope or send it to a lab for testing. Identifying the presence of fungal elements confirms the diagnosis. Early recognition and treatment of athlete's foot are essential to relieve discomfort and prevent the infection from spreading. Proper hygiene, antifungal medications, and keeping the feet dry and clean are effective measures to manage and prevent athlete's foot. Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can successfully treat this condition, which may include prescribed medication.

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 Patrick Bruton, DPM from Big Country foot and Ankle.  Our doctor 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 offices located in Abilene, and Brownwood, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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