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Not just for athletes

Athlete’s foot is a non medical term for a skin infection of the feet that is usually caused by a fungus. Common in athletes due to the sweat accumulation in shocks and footwear, this affliction can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms can include itching and burning of the skin with superficial scaling or dry, tiny blister like lesions. The types of fungi that cause this condition thrive in dark, moist environments, like showers and pool decks. Shoes can also be a breeding ground for fungi, especially if they are not dried between uses. Feet that sweat a lot have an increased risk for fungal infections. Moisture management is an important part of both treatment and prevention. Foot powders can be applied to the feet prior to donning sock and shoes. Should powders be ineffective, prescription drying agents can be used. The fungal infection itself can be treated with topical antifungals.. I find that creams work best for most of the foot surface with liquid preparations more effective between the toes. Shoes themselves can be treated with sanitizing agents to eliminate fungi and bacteria. Ultraviolet devices are also available to sanitize shoes without chemicals. Occasionally, topical treatment will be ineffective. In these cases, 1-4 weeks of a prescribed oral anti fungal agent will resolve the infection. If you or a love one has an itchy rash that is not responding to treatment, come right in for a visit so I can get you on the right treatment and prevention program.

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Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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