Athlete’s foot is a very common foot fungus infection that causes redness, peeling, burning, itching, and sometimes sores and blisters. This foot fungus grows best in a moist, warm environment such as socks, shoes, gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and on the floor of public showers. More common in the summer temperatures and humid, warm climates, athlete’s foot occurs more often in people who wear tight shoes and use public pools. Athlete’s foot is caused by a microscopic fungus that lives on the dead tissue of the outer layers of your skin, hair, and toenails. There are at least four types of fungus that can cause this type of foot fungus and Gary B. Feldman, DPM offers thorough foot fungus treatment in Valley Stream.
Depending on the patient, symptoms and signs of athlete’s foot vary. Some common symptoms include redness, blisters, or softening and breaking down of your skin, peeling, and cracking feet, itching, and burning. The most common type of athlete’s foot is known as interdigital, also referred to as toe web infection. This form of foot fungus, usually occurs between your two smallest toes and may cause burning, itching, and scaling and can spread to the sole of your foot. Starting with a slight irritation, some dryness, scaling, and itching, a moccasin-type foot fungus may involve the whole sole of your foot and often extend to the sides of your foot. Your skin may thicken and crack as the fungus develops, requiring special foot fungus treatment in Valley Stream. The least common form of athlete’s foot is vesicular that normally starts with a sudden outbreak of blisters under your skin, filled with fluid. The blisters usually develop under your foot and may also crop up between your toes, heel, or top of your foot.
Once diagnosed our foot fungus treatment in Valley Stream includes topical antifungal medication that is usually placed directly on your skin. More serious cases may require oral drugs. Foot fungus flourishes in moist environments so we highly recommend that your feet be kept clean and dry. Foot fungus can also be prevented by wearing shower sandals in public showers, wearing shoes that let your feet breathe, and definitely washing your feet daily with soap and water. After washing, applying a good quality foot powder after your feet are thoroughly dry, can also prevent foot fungus.
Gary B. Feldman, DPM
260 West Sunrise Highway Suite 111
Valley Stream, New York 11581