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By Premier Podiatry
August 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot is a condition that most people have heard about, but not everyone understands its cause or how to treat it. At Premier athlete's footPodiatry in Marietta, GA, athlete's foot is one of the most common issues treated by our podiatrists, Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. Cristina Verlezza; it's estimated that athlete's foot may affect up to 70 percent of Americans at some time in their lives. Below is a primer on athlete's foot and how it's typically treated and prevented.

What is athlete's foot?

Medically known as tinea pedis, athlete's foot is an accumulation of fungus on the feet, most commonly between the toes, that can start with no symptoms but lead to intense itching and inflammation. Highly contagious, its nickname comes from the fact that it is easily picked up in warm, damp places like gym locker rooms and swimming pools. Your Marietta podiatrist and other foot doctors are particularly concerned about their patients developing secondary bacterial infections from scratching to relieve the itching, as well as the risk of spreading it to the hands, nails, and other parts of the body. Preventing complications is crucial in diabetic patients, whose reduced circulation makes healing difficult.

How is athlete's foot treated?

There are many prescription and over-the-counter medications designed to treat athlete's foot; most are topical, meaning you apply them directly to the affected skin. If these treatments don't help, your Marietta podiatrist may prescribe a round of anti-fungal oral medication. You may also need nail fungus treatment as well. After your athlete's foot has been resolved, keeping the feet dry and clean and diligently wearing shoes in damp places like locker rooms will help prevent further infections.

If you think you have athlete's foot, stop scratching and start dialing Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA! Our reception staff would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.


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Premier Podiatry
1200 Johnson Ferry RD
STE 150, Marietta GA 30068
(770) 971-9820