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Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
A pedicure is a great way to relax after a long day on your feet. A well-done home pedicure can help you cleanse and soften your skin, calm inflammation, and prevent the development of foot odor, corns, calluses, fungal nails, Athlete’s Foot, and other common fungal problems. Here are some great ways to maintain the health and beauty of your feet without ever setting foot in a salon.
Begin your home pedicure with a soothing foot soak, keeping your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. Gentle soap, epsom salts, and essential oils can be added to help your feet smell fresh. After you’ve soaked your feet, exfoliate dead skin with a pumice stone, emery board, or body scrub.
Before trimming your toenails, push back your cuticles with a Hindu stone or an orange stick. Be sure to trim each toe straight across rather than in a curved pattern, as this helps prevent ingrown toenails. Then, file the edges of each nail, maintaining the straight shape. Be sure that you can always see a few millimeters of skin along each nail’s margin.
Massage a dime-sized dollop of lotion or moisturizing cream into your foot, focusing first on your cuticles and nail margins. Then, massage the rest of your foot, rubbing your arches, heels, ankles, and any other sore areas. Excellent self-massage techniques include:
- rubbing your thumbs over the skin in small circular motions
- pushing two thumbs up and down in opposite directions (known as cross-fiber friction)
- kneading your balled fist into the arch of your foot
- rubbing in-between each individual toe
- rolling your feet back and forth over a bottle, rolling pin, or round ball
For more professional foot care tips, visit Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Selecting a practical, comfortable, and work-appropriate wardrobe can feel like a job in and of itself, especially when it comes to your shoes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 women wear shoes too small for their feet, and 8 out of 10 women report that their shoes are painful. Even a seemingly innocuous pair of professional shoes can leave you with soreness, blisters, and bunions by the end of a long day at the office!
Here are a few tips for navigating the store aisles and making the best choices for women’s shoes (while still retaining your sense of style):
They may be flattering, leg-elongating, and chic, but high heels unfortunately host a wide array of women’s foot problems. By putting pressure on a narrow area of the foot, high heels contribute to back and knee problems, shortened calf muscles, and an uneven gait. This makes wearers more prone to potential injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.
If you can’t resist the allure of high heels, podiatrists like Dr. Zahid Ladha recommend well-fitted walking pumps with wide heels no higher than two inches. To minimize foot damage, it’s a good idea to alternate between your heels and well-supported walking shoes whenever possible.
While flats are a more optimal choice for your feet than high heels, there are still many choices to consider. Foot doctors recommend searching for flats that feature:
- round versus pointed toes
- laces versus slip-ons
- a wide space for your toes
- a rubber or composition sole
- a comfortable, spacious fit (no pinching or rubbing)
Nylon stockings retain heat and moisture, making them a breeding ground for fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot. They also inhibit foot and toe movement, leading to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. It is best to avoid wearing pantyhose or stockings whenever possible. If they are an essential part of your wardrobe, look for stockings that fit securely and don’t slide around on your foot.
For more professional guidance on women’s foot health, book an appointment with Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
The warm weather is here and the basketballs are bouncing around the courts! First sign of spring brings the energy to get out here and play a hard game of Basketball. Foot First Podiatry in New Albany understands the game and can bring you safety tips so you don’t end up out of commission for the season.
- Wide shoe box allows room to wiggle so blisters, corns and calluses remain at bay.
- Light Weight sneakers are good for breathing as to avoid athlete’s foot.
- Well cushioned midsoles absorb shock and promote stability
- Firm heels fit snuggly and keep the heel in place.
- Laces give closure and the ability to adjust tightness.
- Stretching is a key in Basketball as it is most demanding with its twists and turns. Before you put your muscles to work you need to stretch them so they don’t tear. Start with a quick warm up then a few simple stretches without bouncing!
- Conditioning gives you the strength you need to make the right moves without injuring yourself. You need to be in shape to handle the demand that Basketball puts on your body.
- Ankle sprains are one of the most common and usually are a result of a fast twist or roll beyond the normal range of motion. This injury will usually heal without surgery and only requires the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.
- Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed from repeated stress. It can be quite painful while it swells up and becomes stiff. This injury can also tear the tendon which can add several weeks to recovery and may lead to surgery depending on the severity of the tear.
- Plantar Fasciitis which effects the heel ligament. The ligament becomes inflamed and the symptoms may take a while to go away. Non-surgical treatment, like rest and ice, can usually tackle this one.
Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is well versed in team sports and the injuries that can occur during a hard play or just a simple accident on the court. If you have injured your feet or ankles playing basketball or any other sport call us at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. Don’t let common injuries keep you off the court!