Athlete's Foot

North Star Foot & Ankle Associates

Podiatry located in Garland, TX

Athlete’s foot, which affects as many as three million Americans annually, can make the skin on your feet become so raw, even slipping into socks can become painful. If you have an itchy, scaly rash on your feet, book an exam with R. Jeffrey Doyle, DPM, or H. Aden Huynh, DPM, at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates today. Click on the online scheduling feature or call the Garland, Texas, office directly to book a visit.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

How did I get athlete’s foot? 

Athlete’s foot stems from fungi. These advantageous fungi thrive in communal showers, pool decks, saunas, and other areas that are warm, dark, and moist. 

Because these fungal organisms lurk in areas that athletes often use, the fungal infection is nicknamed athlete’s foot. In reality, though, this painful rash can affect anyone, especially if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have an open wound or cut on your foot
  • Have chronic skin conditions, like eczema
  • Develop poor circulation, possibly due to diabetes
  • Walk barefoot in communal areas, like gym showers

Your risk of suffering from a painful athlete’s foot infection is also high if you’ve had it in the past, especially if you didn’t have it thoroughly treated. 

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot tends to develop on the balls of your feet and between your toes. As it progresses, athlete’s foot can even spread up the sides of your feet and into your arches. Depending on the severity of your infection, you could experience:

  • Peeling and cracking skin
  • Overly dry skin
  • Inflammation 
  • Blistering 
  • Redness 

If left untreated, blisters can open up and ooze, which can leave you with very raw and tender skin. Before your case of athlete’s foot starts keeping you from the things you enjoy, schedule an evaluation at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates to get started on treatment. 

Which athlete’s foot treatment is most effective?

The highly skilled podiatry team at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates provides the strongest and most effective athlete’s foot treatments available. Your athlete’s foot treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription-strength antifungal creams or lotions
  • Specialized sprays or foot powders
  • Oral antifungal medications

Once your dedicated podiatrist at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates gets you started on an athlete’s foot treatment plan, you’ll also be counseled you on preventive measures — like washing and drying your feet daily — to help reduce your risk of recurrence. 

If you have athlete’s foot, schedule an evaluation at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates right away to get started on treatment. You can book an exam online or over the phone.