What is Athlete’s Foot?

What is Athlete’s Foot?

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Burning, scaling, itchiness, and dryness on your feet may signal more than dry skin. There’s a common foot condition caused by a fungus that loves to lurk in moist, dark places. If you’re thinking of athlete’s foot, you are correct. The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group can quickly diagnose this bothersome condition. They also have treatments that will destroy the fungus.

The fungal infection impacts the web between your toes — and the soles of your feet. Here are three ways to fight back:

Don’t share hygiene products 

Fungal infections are contagious. Often without knowing, family members may share towels, flip-flops, or even toenail clippers. Unfortunately, someone may be passing along a fungal infection. Keep your personal items to yourself.

Don’t walk barefoot

Protect your feet from fungus by keeping them covered. While at the pool or in the locker room, wear a personal pair of flip-flops or swimming shoes. Adding an extra layer of defense with clean, dry socks and shoes is the best way to reduce your risk of walking into an infection.

Don’t delay treatment

We’ll say it again: athlete’s foot is very contagious. To protect your friends and family, seek treatment if you detect symptoms. There are simple solutions to this common condition, including anti-fungal medications. Schedule an appointment with our doctors to learn more about your treatment options.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is considered among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.