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Athlete's Foot in Swimmers

Athlete's foot is a particular kind of fungal infection that impacts the feet. When an individual has athlete’s foot, they may experience redness and flakiness at the site of infection, which is typically between the toes. Some groups of people might be more susceptible to athlete’s foot than others. For example, swimmers are one such group of people. The fungus causing athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist environments, like the sides of pools and in shower areas of locker rooms. Additionally, since many swimmers walk around pool sides barefoot, they can easily pick up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. If you are a swimmer that is looking to prevent the onset of athlete's foot, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Philip C. Caswell, DPM from Family Foot & Ankle Care.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sparta, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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