St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein
Podiatry, Neuropathy, Physical Therapy & Veins located in St. Augustine, FL
Athlete’s foot isn’t just itchy, burning, skin — it’s a fungus that you need to completely destroy to be comfortable again. At St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein in St. Augustine, Florida, experienced podiatrist Thomas LeBeau, DPM, FACCWS, is here to treat your athlete’s foot infection and help you make sure it doesn’t keep coming back. Use the online appointment maker or call to schedule your visit today.
What is athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is an infection caused by the same dermatophyte fungi that cause ringworm and jock itch. The athlete's foot fungus thrives in warm, damp areas like showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Athlete’s foot is especially common in athletes, who spend a lot of time in those kinds of environments, but anyone can develop this infection.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
In most cases, athlete's foot causes a rash between your toes. It can also appear on the sides and soles of your feet. Your skin might become red, flaky, and scaly. In some cases, you can also develop small blisters or ulcers. The more that you scratch or rub athlete’s foot, the more likely it is to worsen and spread to other areas.
How do you get athlete's foot?
You can get athlete's foot in a number of ways, including:
- Walking barefoot
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Shared towels
- Wearing wet socks
Once you have the athlete’s foot fungus, it’s very important to treat the infection fully or the symptoms will linger.
How is athlete’s foot treated?
Athlete’s foot treatment at St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein usually starts with antifungal medication. A topical medication goes directly on the rash, and oral medication is taken daily for a limited time.
If Dr. LeBeau prescribes topical or oral medicine, be sure to use it exactly as instructed. Although the symptoms might quickly feel better you still need to have the antifungal in your system to fully get rid of the fungus.
Dr. LeBeau might recommend some lifestyle changes to help relieve your athlete’s foot symptoms and prevent them from returning. Some good athlete’s foot prevention tips can include:
- Wear clean socks
- Wear shoes in public
- Never share towels
- Use antifungal powder
By paying close attention to your foot care and seeing Dr. LeBeau as soon as you notice symptoms, you can minimize the itchiness, frustration, and embarrassment of athlete’s foot and recover quickly.
For expert athlete’s foot treatment from a leading podiatrist, call St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein or click the online scheduler now.
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