Athlete’s Foot

Your treatment options for this common condition

Everyone’s heard of athlete’s foot, but many people don’t know what this condition really is—or that athletes aren’t the only ones who can develop it.

Athlete’s foot is a chronic infection that’s caused by various types of fungus. It spreads in damp conditions, usually in public places where people go barefoot, such as common showers or swimming pools.

How can you tell if you have athlete’s foot?

This condition usually starts either between the toes, or on the arch. Athlete’s foot can range from mild itching and scaling, to painful inflammation and blisters. Once contracted, the infection may spread to the bottom and sides of your foot.

Treating athlete’s foot

There are several kinds of medication available to treat athlete’s foot, depending on the type of infection you have. Successful treatments are usually a combination of medication and self-care to prevent exposure.

For mild cases of athlete’s foot, over-the-counter and prescription powders, lotions, or ointments can help treat scaling, itching, and inflammation. You can also help to dry excessive perspiration with foot soaks.

You should consult with your doctor before taking any medication or other relief measures. If your athlete’s foot doesn’t improve with treatment, we may prescribe stronger medication.