What Causes Athlete’s Foot?


What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

When one does not take proper care of their feet, they become susceptible to a wide range of uncomfortable conditions. Although not seriously threatening to your health, an athlete’s foot can be a pain to deal with and manage. At Cherrywood Foot Care, our team has seen first hand how detrimental it can be to one’s quality of life. That is why we’re committed to helping our patients learn the causes of this condition, as well as what can be done to overcome the fungal infection.

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What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops on your feet. Those who have sweaty feet and leave them in tightly fitting shoes are more likely to develop this condition. Fortunately, our team will be able to help should this occur. If you begin dealing with any of the below symptoms, consider scheduling an appointment with our team:

  • Scaly rash.
  • Itching.
  • Burning.
  • Chronic dryness.

Causes And Risk Factors

Before seeking professional intervention for athlete’s foot, our team would like to inform you of the causes and risk factors of this condition. By doing so, you’ll limit the chances of ever needing our help. These causes and risk factors include:

  • Damp socks and shoes.
  • Warm, humid conditions.
  • Sharing mats, rugs, bed linens, clothes, and shoes with someone with a fungal infection.
  • Walking around barefoot in communal areas. 

Treatment Options

Should you be unable to prevent the development of athlete’s foot, seeking out swift treatment is imperative. The longer you wait to seek care, the more difficult it will be to kill the fungus causing your discomfort. For mild cases of athlete’s foot, our team may recommend the use of an over-the-counter topical cream to eliminate your system. For more severe infections, prescription-strength cream or even antifungal pills may be needed to restore your quality of life. Rest assured, our team will create the most optimal treatment plan for your condition. 

Schedule An Appointment

Your summer should not be plagued with foot discomfort. If you believe an athlete’s foot is to blame for this, our team will be able to help. To learn more about an athlete’s foot, or to schedule an appointment for care, be sure to contact us today.