Athlete's Foot Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Zionsville, IN

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is known for causing severe itching and burning between your toes. If you think you have athlete’s foot, or if this fungal infection keeps coming back, it’s time to see the team of podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. With five locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area and Kokomo, the team can help treat your athlete’s foot, so you can get relief today. Book your appointment by clicking on the online scheduling feature, or by calling your most convenient office location.

Athlete’s Foot Q & A

Why do I have athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that most often affects athletes, although anyone can get it, regardless of activity level. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is the same strain that leads to jock itch and ringworm.

These fungal infections thrive in warm, moist, dark environments, which is why your feet are ideal: The combination of sweaty socks and damp athletic shoes are optimal grounds for fungal infections. You can develop athlete’s foot due to:

  • Frequently wearing damp or sweaty socks
  • Working out in tight-fitting shoes
  • Walking barefoot in areas where fungal infections thrive, like gym showers

Because athlete’s foot spreads so easily, you need to recognize symptoms and seek treatment early on.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Most signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot develop between your toes, although in some cases, it even occurs on the soles and sides of your feet. You’re probably going to notice:

  • Scaly, red rash
  • Blisters or ulcers
  • Pain or itching, especially right after taking off shoes and socks

Not only can athlete’s foot spread to other people, you can also get it in on other areas of your own body. If you scratch at your athlete’s foot rash, for instance, it can spread to your hands and nails.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Since athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, you probably need a prescription-strength oral or topical antifungal solution to treat it — sometimes both. Once your dedicated podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle helps you get on top of your current fungal infection, they can work with you to prevent future athlete’s foot outbreaks. For treatment and prevention, it’s important to:

  • Wash your feet and between your toes daily
  • Change out of moist socks as soon as possible
  • Allow your gym shoes to thoroughly dry out overnight
  • Avoid going barefoot in public places, especially locker rooms and pool areas

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle understands how uncomfortable athlete’s foot can be, so they spend time customizing your athlete’s foot medications and ointments and working with you to prevent another occurrence.

Schedule your athlete’s food evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle by requesting an appointment online, or by calling your closest clinic.

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