What your podiatrists in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens want you to know
The itching and stinging of athlete’s foot can drive you crazy. What can you do to relieve the discomfort? Fortunately, there are some simple remedies to both prevent and treat athlete’s foot. Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers want to help. They have several offices located in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI, to help your feet feel better.
People with athlete’s foot often experience a scaly, red rash on their feet and toes. This rash can itch and sting, which will often get worse after removing socks and shoes. Athlete’s foot can also result in blisters or open ulcers appearing on your feet and toes.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments like public showers, locker rooms, gyms, and swimming pools. The easiest way to prevent exposure to the fungus is to always wear sandals or flip-flops when you enter public areas. Other ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Always wearing dry socks, so if your feet sweat, change your socks frequently
- Always wearing light, breathable shoes and avoiding tightly fitting, uncomfortable shoes
- Never sharing towels, linens, socks, exercise mats, or shoes with others
If you think you may have athlete’s foot, begin using an antibacterial soap immediately and wash your feet at least once each day, more often if you sweat frequently. Keep your feet as dry as possible, and apply an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream to your feet and toes.
Remember that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread, so don’t scratch or pick at the rash because the fungus can go under your fingernails and infect your fingers and hands. You can also spread the fungus to other areas of your body and to others. Remember to wash all sheets and towels in hot water after using them.
Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers can help with stubborn cases of athlete’s foot. Common professional treatment includes a regimen of prescription oral and topical antifungal medications.
Don’t suffer from athlete’s foot when help is just a phone call away. Get some relief by calling the podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI. Call today!