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Treatment Tips to Heal Your Athlete’s Foot

You love to work out. Every day you head to the gym to train before work. You’ve gotten your schedule down so that you can get moving, get cleaned up in the gym’s shower, and then get into the office. It’s the perfect fit for your lifestyle, but when those trips to the gym leave you with burning, aching feet, your daily fitness regimen becomes more of a pain than you’d like.

Suffering From These Symptoms?

Athlete’s foot is a common skin condition that is most commonly transmitted when you share a public shower. It’s highly contagious, so walking on the locker room floor barefoot puts your feet at risk of developing this fungal infection.

You’ll know you have athlete’s foot because you’ll experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Red, dry, itchy skin

  • Burning or tingling sensation

  • Blisters

Each of these symptoms is irritating enough on their own. When you experience multiple symptoms, or when the fungal infection spreads to other areas of your feet, such as your toenails, you’re frustrated.

Stop the Irritation!

You don’t have to keep living with this much pain. Stop the irritation of athlete’s foot with powders or creams. These will help you control the symptoms and prevent the infection from spreading.

While treating with your over-the-counter or podiatrist-prescribed antifungal medication, there are a few other things you should be doing to promote healing:

  • Clean and dry your feet thoroughly every day, focusing especially on the areas between the toes.

  • Wear clean socks with moisture-wicking capabilities to help keep your feet dry.

  • Never walk barefoot in public areas.

  • Never wear shoes that have any type of moisture. This includes plastic lined shoes that take longer to dry.

Athlete’s foot doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your daily workouts. With creams and powders to help stop and prevent infections, you can tame your symptoms and get back to doing what you love.

Still struggling with athlete’s foot after trying at-home treatments? Use the form on this page to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for more advanced care.

Dr. Rick F. Martin
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