Also known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fairly common fungal infection that can affect just about anyone (athletes and non-athletes alike). Not only is athlete’s foot contagious, but it also spreads relatively easily thanks to its tendency to thrive in public areas. Like many other issues affecting the feet and ankles, athlete’s foot can start off as a mild inconvenience, but may easily become a more serious issue if left untreated.

If you’re interested in finding a solution to the itching and burning caused by athlete’s foot, the talented team at Synergy Foot and Ankle is here to help. Reach out to us at our McKinney location and set up your in-person consultation with a member of our staff today.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition, most commonly seen between the toes and on the soles of the feet. The condition often results in red, peeling, rash-like skin and is caused by a fungal infection of the skin known as trichophyton. This fungus is most readily found in environments that stay warm and moist, making it easy to pick up in shared, public spaces like showers and locker rooms (this lends the condition its name, as athletes tend to spend more time in these spaces).

This condition can also come about as a result of improper foot care and poor hygiene and may result from the sharing of shoes, a tendency to wear the same shoes for both athletic and everyday activities, or by failing to wear socks on a regular basis. Wherever the cause may be, however, the symptoms tend to be the same.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot can be extremely uncomfortable for the patient, and while it might start off as a mild inconvenience, it can develop into a more serious problem over time. Most patients start off with a burning sensation, accompanied by an itching between the toes that can become quite strong.

Skin can become dry, flaky, and reddened, and in more serious cases the patient can even develop blisters or visible swelling in the affected foot. If the condition is left untreated and allowed to develop further the skin can even begin to crack, and a secondary bacterial infection may also develop.

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Diagnosing Your Issue

The good news about athlete’s foot is that it can be diagnosed with a simple visual assessment in the vast majority of cases. Depending on the specifics of your condition, Dr. Tran may decide to perform a simple test in order to rule out the presence of other infectious conditions like psoriasis or dermatitis.

Treating the Condition

Athlete’s foot can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition. Luckily, most cases can be easily treated, thanks to Dr. Tran’s extensive experience with issues relating to the foot and ankle.

Addressing the cause of your issue is just as important as relieving the symptoms, so we’ll work closely with you to holistically address your concerns. We’ll make sure you find relief from your pain and irritation, while also crafting a plan that ensures the problem doesn’t come back in the future. Treatments may include:

  • Topical anti-fungal creams
  • Oral anti-fungal medications
  • Control of moist shoe environments

Discover the Relief You Deserve

Athlete’s foot can be a frustrating and irritating condition, but it shouldn’t interrupt your life or keep you from enjoying your favorite activities. The first step towards finding relief involves diagnosing your problem, and you can rest assured that the highly experienced staff at Synergy Foot and Ankle will not only assess your issue, but work with you to craft a treatment plan that sees you living a pain-free life once more. We offer treatments for a wide range of issues impacting the foot and ankle, so if you’re looking for relief, we’re here to help. Our goal is to work with you, charting a course to total wellness, so you can once again live your very best life. When you’re ready to learn more, reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team!

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