Fungal infection of the foot is called athlete’s foot or tinea pedis. Fungal infection often affects the foot and in the web spaces of the toes. Fungi likes to grow in dark, warm, moist places like damp floors in public showers and gyms.
Athlete’s foot is very common especially in people who often wear closed-toe shoes or boots. This type of footwear causes your feet to sweat , hence creating a warm and damp place for fungi to grow in.
Athlete’s foot can be caused by fungus or bacteria. Antifungal medications are used to treat athlete’s foot caused by fungus while antibiotics are used in cases caused by bacteria. Athlete’s foot caused by bacteria will not respond well with an antifungal medication.
When athlete’s foot spread and infect the nail, it is called toenail fungal infection, also known as onychomycosis. Fungal toenail infection will make your nails appear yellow, thick, and painful. At times, your nails will become brittle and may become loose.
Athlete’s foot may be caused by the following:
- having minor break in the skin which is the entry point of the fungus.
- having sweaty feet.
- often wearing closed-toe shoes.
- low immune system function.
Signs and Symptoms
People with athlete’s foot may experience one of the following symptoms:
- itching or burning in the affected foot.
- scaling of the skin on the foot.
- cracks and itching between toes.
- redness on the foot.
- foot odor.
- rash in the affected areas.
Our Atlanta Podiatrists in our Little Five Points Office will be glad to take a look at your athlete’s feet problems and help you get back on your feet again.
Please give us a call at 770- 284- 1616 to schedule an appointment.