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By Crofton Podiatry
September 28, 2016
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: flip flops   wicking socks  

Have you ever experienced the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot? The foot fungus causes itchy, red bumps and dry, cracked skin on the feet, especially in between the toes. At first you may think it is just dry skin, maybe from wearing sandals or flip flops, but applying lotion doesn’t help the situation. Then you do a search of images of “foot fungus” and lo-and-behold, looks just like what you’ve got.

Where did it come from?

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), also known as toenail fungus or foot fungus, is caused by a fungi group called dermatophytes, and sometimes even yeasts or molds. They can enter the body through breaks in the skin or in the space between the toenail and skin. The fungi grow well on the feet because they are usually in moist, warm, dark places while in socks and shoes.

Athlete’s foot is contagious, so any contact with someone who has the fungal infection can lead to spreading the disease. It can also be spread by walking barefoot on moist, contaminated surfaces, like locker rooms or public showers. For college students, dorm showers can also be a hotspot of bacterial or fungal growth.

Prevention

At Crofton Podiatry, we believe that prevention is the best defense. Here are some steps you can take to prevent fungal infection:

  • Wash and dry your feet completely after exercising, sweating, or getting your feet wet from whatever reason.

  • Wear moisture wicking socks and change them during the day if you are prone to sweating.

  • Rotate the shoes you wear so that you they have adequate time to completely dry out between wears.

  • Never re-use socks without washing them first.

  • Use flip-flops in locker rooms and communal showers.

Treatment

If you are suffering from foot fungus issues, you should treat the issue immediately. You should wash and dry your feet every day, use antifungal medications, and do whatever is necessary to not spread the infection to others.

If washing your feet, rotating shoes, and using antifungal medications do not work, you should make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. Persistent fungal infection could lead to more complicated issues later, so it is best to treat as soon as possible. He may use a laser treatment or prescribe stronger antifungal medication. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to take care of your foot care needs.

Lindsey Lohan recently returned from her latest stint in rehab with another recurrent problem, athlete’s foot. While ‘Lilo’ (as the press has come to call her) is not formally known for her athletic feats, her other feet are definitely her source of attention now. As reported in the National Inquirer in an interview with one of her friends, “Lilo is horrified by her athlete’s foot…she’s suffered from smelly feet ever since she was a teenager…it’s been a hugely embarrassing cross to bear.”. Unfortunately, she is one of the many sufferers of athlete’s foot, a problem that walks into my office on a near daily basis.

I mentioned in a previous post about the best way to manage and control your ‘winter tinea’ or cold months induced athlete’s foot. Winter tinea is nearly identical to the athlete’s foot discussed here, so you should read about my signs that you may have athlete’s foot here. If you’re located in DC or in the Anne Arundel County, coming into my office at Crofton Podiatry in Crofton, Maryland just outside of Bowie and Annapolis is the best way to guarantee prompt resolution and rid that itchy, painful annoyance. For now, read below for my best tips on how to keep athlete’s foot at bay.

Dr. Toll’s best tips for preventing athlete’s foot:

·         Keep your feet well moisturized with lotion

·         Keep nails short, and peel off loose skin

·         Avoid walking barefoot, use sandals where possible

·         Seek podiatrist advice for anti-fungal therapy

·         Examine feet daily and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present

Currently, the National Inquirer is attributing the fungal athlete’s foot infection to be the source of Miss Lohan’s embarrassing foot odor. While this may be the case, it is more likely just another natural phenomenon of the body unrelated to her infection. Just like with athlete’s foot, there are many ways to deal with inherently bad smelling feet, and it is important that you speak withknowledgeable professionals in your area to find a resolution.

By Brad Toll.

In the summer – our shoe selection is plentiful.  With everything from sandals on the beach to high heels for high fashion, our feet get a variety of cover during the warmer seasons.  Since the winter chill has rolled in to Maryland, cities like Crofton, Bowie, Annapolis, Odenton, and Gambrills have already reached into the back of their closets for that one trusty pair of boots to forge through the frozen months.  While these boots are great for slushing through the winter precipitation they are prone to moisture from the melting snow on the outside, and the perspiring feet bundled within layers of wool socks on the inside. 

Repeated exposure to an environment with high moisture like the inside of our boots results in skin breakdown.  The same effect happens when you leave your hands in water for too long.  When combined with the rubbing forces from walking, your moistened skin becomes vulnerable to flaking, cracking and tearing; the latter providing an easy route for infection.  This is exactly how the infamous Tinea Pedis (or Athlete’s Foot) we typically experience during the summer occurs. In regards to treating this dry, damaged skin generic moisturizers or petroleum-based jellies simply won’t cut it most of the time. 

The following are a list of clues you may be experiencing winter athlete’s foot:

1.      Intense itching and/or burning sensation in the feet.

2.      Red, or dry patches of skin.  Sometimes it may just look like dry skin.

3.      Cracked, blistering, or peeling skin.  (Make sure to check in between your toes as well.)

4.      Cloudy, yellow, or unusually thick nails.

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, I highly encourage you to make an appointment to come see me for prompt inspection.  Dry, peeling, or itching skin could be a case of ‘Winter tinea’, or signs of something more sinister.  A brief examination from my trained staff and myself at Crofton Podiatry would allow us to answer any of your questions and get you moving forward with the right treatment.  Don’t be a victim to your feet any longer!

By Brad Toll




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