Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia

3535 Roswell Rd,Suite 54, Marietta, GA 30062

Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute Of Georgia


Athletes Foot Marietta, GA

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How To Identify Athlete's Foot ?

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects the feet. It gets its name due to its prevalence among athletes due to damp shoes and socks caused by excessive sweating. Athlete’s foot symptoms include:
  • Itching or burning sensation
  • Redness
  • Blistering or peeling
  • A scaly texture
  • An unusually foul odor
  • Discoloration
Other infections can cause these symptoms, but athlete’s foot is a likely culprit. It’s important to note that these symptoms can vary in severity from person to person. A doctor from the Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia can easily identify athlete’s foot for you. Schedule an appointment today!


How Did I Get it?

It’s impossible to say where exactly you got athlete’s foot. The infection is highly contagious and can be contracted through direct contact with an infected person or by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can survive on surfaces for a long time. Here are some common ways people can get athlete’s foot:
  • Direct contact by sharing towels, socks, or shoes
  • Walking barefoot in public areas such as public showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, and gymnasiums
  • Wearing tight or non-breathable footwear
  • Sweating excessively
  • Poor foot hygiene
Taking preventive measures, such as keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding direct contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces, can help reduce the risk of getting athlete’s foot. This does not eliminate the risk of athlete’s foot!


How Is Athlete’s Foot Treated?

There are many over-the-counter remedies for athlete’s foot commonly sold in stores. They typically do a good job of treating athlete’s foot, but they won’t always work in severe cases. The Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia can provide prescription remedies for athlete’s foot if over-the-counter treatments don’t work well. It’s essential to seek treatment quickly, otherwise athlete’s foot can spread to other areas of the body. The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread to the groin area and cause a condition known as jock itch, which is something you’ll want to avoid! If you’re dealing with athlete’s foot, don’t delay: schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!

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FAQ about Athlete’s Foot Treatment

Symptoms of fungal infection on the feet include intense itching, burning sensation, redness, swelling, cracked or blistered skin, peeling and scaling (especially between toes), foul odor from bacterial overgrowth, and possible skin discoloration (white or grayish).

Yes. Athlete’s foot is extremely contagious and hard to eliminate completely. It spreads by surviving on surfaces such as towels, socks, floors, and shoes. Locker rooms, swimming pools, gyms, and shared shower areas are common vectors for the spread of athlete’s foot.

The best tip for preventing athlete’s foot is to maintain good foot hygiene by washing your feet daily. Don’t wear wet shoes, wear breathable footwear, always wear a fresh pair of socks, and use a separate towel for your feet.

Yes. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread to the hands, neck, nails, and groin. The fungus Tinea pedis can spread to the groin area and cause jock itch, a painful itch that has many of the same symptoms as athlete’s foot concentrated around the groin area.

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