Foot fungus can be an embarrassing condition to have, but it’s important
to seek medical care instead of trying to hide the signs of an infection.
A podiatrist can help you treat all types of foot and toenail infections.
He or she will also give you some valuable tips for reducing your risk
of recurrent fungal infections.
Two of the most
common types of foot infections are athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, and toenail fungus,
also called onychomycosis. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious.
It typically begins between the toes. If you have athlete’s foot,
you’ll likely notice a red, scaly rash in these areas, along with
intense itching. Athlete’s foot can also sometimes involve blisters,
ulcers, or very dry, scaly skin that extends from the soles up the sides
of the foot. Athlete’s foot is caused by the fungus that also causes
jock itch and ringworm. As the term implies, toenail fungus affects the
nails. It typically begins as a yellow or white spot that gradually causes
nail discoloration, thickening, and even crumbling. Toenail infections
are often the result of a dermatophyte fungus, although they might also
be caused by yeasts and molds.
To prevent athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections, your podiatrist
might recommend a change in footwear. Look for socks that feature wicking
material that keep moisture away from your skin. Choose shoes made from
a breathable material that help keep your feet dry. If you use public
pools or locker room shower areas, always wear sandals or shower shoes
in these public places. Replace your shoes as soon as they become worn
out; wearing old shoes can introduce infection.
Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible. After bathing or swimming,
be sure to thoroughly dry the spaces between your toes. Apply talcum powder
or an antifungal powder to your feet before putting on socks. After trimming
your toenails (straight across, not curved), wash your hands well.
Foot fungus is one of the many foot health problems we can treat here at
Family Foot Center in Whitestone. If you’ve been suffering from
dry, itchy feet, foot pain, or other symptoms, you can schedule an appointment
with our podiatrist right away. Call (718) 767-5555 or browse our website
for more information.