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Athlete’s Foot Causes and Risk Factors

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection of the skin, is primarily triggered by dermatophytes, which are fungi that infiltrate the skin through small cracks or wounds. These unwelcome invaders thrive in warm and moist environments, making your feet an ideal breeding ground for athlete’s foot. The constant warmth and moisture created by wearing shoes and socks for extended periods provide the perfect conditions for these fungi to flourish. The fungi feed on keratin, a protein abundant in the top layer of your skin. Transmission occurs through direct skin contact or exposure to infectious skin flakes, such as those found in communal showers. Several risk factors elevate the likelihood of developing athlete's foot. A genetic predisposition, allergies, eczema, and excessively sweaty feet are common factors. A weakened immune system, circulation problems, and engagement in certain sports such as running and swimming are also contributors. Individuals constantly wearing sturdy footwear, such as safety or rubber boots, face an elevated risk. For help in managing stubborn or continual cases of athletes’ foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

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 Dr. Henry Miller from New Jersey.  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 office located in Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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