What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a messy, uncomfortable, and sometimes smelly problem that affects millions of Americans. In fact, a study published by BMJ Clinical Evidence estimates that between 15 to 25 percent of people have athlete’s foot at any given point in time. Although this condition is more common in people who participate in high-energy activities, you don’t have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot. Learn how it is treated and make time to see Dr. Edward Tjoe at his podiatry office in Jersey City, NJ.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?
As sweaty as the feet can become after a long day of walking or running, they should not smell or look bad if they’re healthy. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that makes the feet smell sour and look unattractive. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments like the inside of your shoes or sneakers. As the fungus grows on the skin, it becomes an infection or rash. It’s a condition that is very contagious and that can be difficult to get rid of if not treated aggressively.

Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
One of the clearest symptoms of athlete’s foot is a strange odor. If there is a significant change in the way your feet smell, that may be a telltale sign of athlete’s foot that should be treated at Dr. Tjoe’s Jersey City podiatry office. You also may experience the following symptoms:

– Chalky residue on the bottom of the feet and between the toes.
– Itching and flaking.
– Scaly, dryness on the feet.
– Redness and irritation.
– “Webbing” between the toes.
– Yellowing toenails, which may indicate toenail fungus.

Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Your podiatrist can help you with recurring or stubborn cases of athlete’s foot. The first step is to stop the fungus from growing. You’ll receive a fungicidal cream or powder to apply each day as prescribed. You must also change your socks and shoes, and remember to keep your feet protected when at public showers and pools.

Give Your Feet a Break
Athlete’s foot isn’t the most pleasant foot condition to deal with, but luckily it can be treated by your podiatrist. Contact Dr. Tjoe’s podiatry office in Jersey City, NJ by calling (201) 984-0231.

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