by Dr. Steven Waldman
Fungus sounds like a lot of fun. He and his friends hang out at the gym, at the pool. He sits around in warm, wet areas, laughing and telling jokes. But if you happen to walk through a puddle on the floor where this “fun guy” is resting, he will quickly hitch a ride, making himself right at home on your feet. Soon, you find that the fungi responsible for athlete’s foot aren’t fun all at.
To make matters worse, athlete’s foot can be difficult to get rid of. Try as you might, just when you have the problem under control, your feet begin to itch and dry skin appears in patches on the bottom of your foot, between your toes.
Expert New Berlin Podiatrists Offer Top Tips for Banishing Athlete’s Foot for Good
The trouble with athlete’s foot is that it is actually a fungal infection. The fungi multiply quickly and even if you are treating your feet for the infection, any lapse in treatment or prolonged exposure to a warm, moist environment will cause them to quickly repopulate.
If you already have athlete’s foot, you may not want to hear about prevention; however, many of the prevention techniques for athlete’s foot also serve at treatments. Our New Berlin foot specialists suggest that if you have athlete’s foot, or if you have just finished up a treatment regimen, you take the following precautions:
- Wear flip-flops or sandals poolside, in locker rooms, and in public showers.
- Wear cotton socks with all shoes and change the socks when they are damp.
- If it is impossible to wear socks, ensure that you keep feet dry with talcum powder.
- Thoroughly dry shoes that are wet before wearing again.
- Apply an antifungal spray or powder to all shoes before use.
- Wash feet daily to discourage fugal growth.
- Thoroughly dry feet after washing.
- If you see or feel the infection returning, begin using topical athlete’s foot medication.
When to Get Help for Stubborn Athlete’s Foot
If you have followed the above tips, but just can’t seem to get rid of athlete’s foot, then it is time to seek the help of an experienced New Berlin podiatrist. At the Milwaukee Foot Specialists we can help you determine the cause of your reoccurring athlete’s foot and help you banish it for good.
While many people can successfully treat their athlete’s foot from home, if you are a diabetic, have a weakened immune system due to a condition such as HIV, or see any of the following signs, please be seen at a New Berlin podiatry office as soon as possible:
- Swelling of the feet
- Excessive redness
- Pain in the feet or toes
- Intense itching
- Oozing skin
- A bad smell coming from the feet
- Red streaks in the skin
At the Milwaukee Foot Specialists, we are dedicated to treating even the most stubborn or complicated food problems. If you need help getting rid of your athlete’s foot, call 888-697-0551 to make an appointment with a New Berlin foot expert who cares for you and your feet.