Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot services offered in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, UT

Athlete’s foot can cause uncomfortable, irritating symptoms and lead to serious problems for those with diabetes or circulatory issues. The podiatrists and ankle and foot surgeons at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, provide effective treatments for mild and severe cases. To schedule a foot examination, click online or call the friendly staff at either location today.

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that targets the skin on your feet. It’s called "athlete's foot" because it often occurs in individuals who frequently participate in sports or other activities that cause their feet to become sweaty and damp, creating an ideal environment for fungal growth.

What causes athlete’s foot?

Athlete's foot is caused by various types of fungi, most commonly the dermatophyte fungus. These fungi like to live in warm and moist environments, such as locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pools. 

They can be transmitted through direct contact with infected surfaces or by sharing contaminated items like towels or shoes. Walking barefoot in public places also increases the risk of contracting the infection.

If you suspect you have athlete's foot, you should seek treatment from a Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute medical professional. They can accurately diagnose your condition and provide appropriate treatment options.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Treatment for athlete's foot typically involves antifungal medications. The medications are usually creams, sprays, or powders that are applied topically to the affected area. 

The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team might prescribe oral antifungal medications in more severe cases. It’s important to follow the prescribed treatment regimen and continue using the medication for the recommended duration to ensure complete eradication of the fungal infection.

How can athlete’s foot be prevented?

There are several ways to prevent athlete's foot, including:

  • Maintain good foot hygiene (wash your feet regularly with soap and water)
  • Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks
  • Change your socks frequently
  • Avoid sharing towels, socks, or shoes with others 

You should also wear protective footwear, such as sandals or shower shoes, in spaces like locker rooms and swimming pool areas.

Allow your feet to stay well-ventilated and dry when possible. You should also alternate the shoes you wear to allow them to dry completely between uses. 

If you are predisposed to athlete's foot or frequently experience recurrent infections, consult with a podiatrist at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute. They can suggest preventive measures and offer advice based on your specific situation to help minimize the likelihood of future issues.

To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.