Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection. It typically begins between the toes and then spreads to other areas of the foot. If left untreated, it can also infect your toenails, which are more resistant to treatment.
While this condition can usually be treated with over the counter anti-fungal medication and proper foot hygiene at home, it’s important to know when to make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
Symptoms commonly associated with a moderate case of athlete’s foot may include:
If the infection is severe a person can also develop blisters and ulcers (open sores). Athlete’s foot shares some symptoms with eczema and psoriasis. A foot doctor will be able to identify your foot disorder during an examination.
When To See A Podiatrist
You should make an appointment with a Podiatrist right away to prevent the infection from causing more serious complications if you have a medical condition like diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or poor blood circulation.
Symptoms like swelling, blisters, open sores or drainage are indications that the infection is severe and would benefit from professional treatment. Antibiotics may needed.
Professional foot care may need also be needed if over the counter medications fail to relieve the infection or if athlete’s foot is recurring.
Foot Specialist At The CMD
If you are dealing with severe or recurring athlete’s foot, schedule an appointment at The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorders. Athlete’s foot is one of the most common conditions we see.
Our foot doctors are highly experienced at diagnosing, evaluating and treating foot conditions and injuries. The can also show you how to protect and take better care of your feet to prevent future infections.