Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC
Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS
Podiatrist located in Hagerstown, MD & Frederick, MD
While athlete’s foot does find a prominent home in locker rooms, anyone can contract this pesky fungal infection, and it can be tough to get rid of once it takes hold. At Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, Daniel Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS, has a number of tools in his treatment arsenal to help his patients in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, fight back. To get rid of athlete’s foot, call or fill out the online form.
Athlete's Foot Q & A
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a fairly common fungal infection that gets in between your toes. The infection is contagious and can be passed around in damp and wet environments, where the fungus thrives, which is what gives the condition its name since locker rooms and sweaty socks are notorious hosts.
Athlete’s foot isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it can be very uncomfortable and tough to get rid of. It can also be a source of concern for those with unrelated medical issues, such as diabetes, as the rash can lead to open sores.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot typically starts between your toes and shows up as a scaly, red rash. The rash can be itchy or even painful if you repeatedly scratch the area, which also leads to the spread of infection.
You may also experience swelling and blistering if the infection goes untreated.
What causes athlete’s foot?
The direct cause of athlete’s foot is a fungus, which thrives in damp, dark, and warm environments, especially:
- Public showers
- Public pools
- Sweaty socks
- Wet grass
- Wet towels
Any time your feet come in contact with wet places where others have been, you’re at risk for contracting the fungal infection.
How is athlete’s foot treated?
Dr. Michaels approaches athlete’s foot with natural remedies and foot creams that work better than prescription medications in most cases. Dr. Michaels also works with you on effective prevention techniques to stop the fungal infection from returning. These include:
- Avoiding going barefoot in public pools and locker rooms
- Using talcum powder against foot perspiration
- Wearing light and well-ventilated shoes
- Wearing clean and dry socks (swapping out damp socks as needed)
- Using clean, dry towels
If you do everything you can to keep your feet clean and dry in public places known for wet conditions, you can usually avoid contracting athlete’s foot in the first place, or prevent it from recurring. If you do contract the infection, get in to see Dr. Michaels quickly to stop the spread of the infection.
To find relief from athlete’s foot, call Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment at one of their two locations.
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