Athlete’s foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body by those who scratch the infection and then touch themselves elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete’s foot may persist for long periods.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
If you believe that you have a fungus infection that does not respond to proper foot hygiene and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult a podiatrist at the footinjuryclinic.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Your podiatrist will determine if a fungus is the cause of the problem. If it is, a specific treatment plan, including the prescription of anti fungal medication, applied topically or taken by mouth, may usually be suggested. Such a treatment appears to provide better resolution of the problem when the patient follows the course of treatment prescribed by the podiatrist; if it’s shortened, failure of the treatment is common.
Topical or oral anti fungal drugs are often prescribed. It is important to keep the feet dry by using foot powder in shoes and socks. The feet should be bathed frequently and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly. If someone in your family develops athlete’s foot, disinfect home showers and tubs after each use to discourage transmission of infection.
It is easy to prevent athlete’s foot where bare feet come in contact with the fungus by practicing good foot hygiene. You can prevent fungal infection by practicing the following: