Athlete's Foot Specialist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Mission Viejo, CA & Laguna Hills, CA

As many as 7 in 10 people develop athlete’s foot at some point in their lifetime. At Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, California, the team of podiatry specialists uses a patient-first approach that incorporates both traditional and innovative treatments. To beat your athlete’s foot fast, call the office nearest to you or schedule an appointment online today.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is an infection on your feet. Typically, athlete's foot starts as an itchy red rash between your toes, but it can also begin on the soles and sides of your feet. 

The rash may burn or grow intensely uncomfortable if untreated. As the infection worsens, you may experience raw skin, blisters, severe skin flaking, or skin peeling. 

Although you may have the urge to scratch or rub the rash, this is unwise because the rash quickly spreads to other parts of your feet — or even other parts of your body, if you touch them after touching the rash.

What causes athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot occurs when fungal organisms take hold of your skin. Any cut, abrasion, or puncture can give those fungal organisms a path into your body. 

Walking in public areas barefoot is the most common way to encounter the fungi that cause athlete's foot. The fungi typically inhabit wet or damp places, such as pool decks, saunas, spas, and locker rooms. 

You can develop athlete's foot after sharing a towel, shoes, or socks with someone who has it. Wearing sweaty socks or shoes can also increase your risk of athlete's foot.

When do I need medical treatment for athlete's foot?

Home treatment using over-the-counter antifungal therapies may help with milder athlete's foot rashes. However, contact the Artisan Foot and Ankle Associates team if your rash lingers or worsens after home treatment. 

If you have diabetes, you're prone to serious athlete's foot complications like nonhealing ulcers and secondary bacterial infections, which means it's vital to seek medical care as soon as you notice a new rash.

What is the most effective athlete's foot treatment?

The most effective athlete's foot treatments target the fungi that cause the infection. The Artisan Foot and Ankle Associates team may prescribe topical or oral antifungal medication; you may need antibiotics if you have a secondary bacterial infection. 

Prevention is a significant part of your athlete's foot treatment plan. The team recommends strategies like changing your socks immediately when damp, sprinkling antifungal foot powder in your shoes, and bathing your feet frequently. 

At Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists, the team understands how uncomfortable athlete's foot can be. They're ready to help, so call the office or schedule an appointment online today.