What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot, especially when it is warm, moist, and irritated. The easiest way to think of an Athlete’s Foot infection is to liken it to a gardener who is trying to germinate seeds. The fungus produces millions of spores, which will sit on the skin, in socks and stockings as well as your shoes.
They are extremely resistant to being killed. When a gardener wants to germinate the seeds, they will be placed in a warm, moist and dark environment; just like when our feet are inside shoes and particularly so between the toes.
Whilst Athlete’s Foot is generally between the toes it can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.
Why have I developed Athlete’s Foot?
How can you treat Athlete’s Foot?
At Total Foot Health, we know just how common fungal infections of the skin are and how they can affect everyday life. At their least troublesome, fungal infections cause itching and peeling of the skin; at their worst, fungal infections lead to serious secondary skin infections and nail disease.
The key to successful treatment is proper diagnosis and our podiatrists are experts in the diagnosis and management of this condition.
Firstly, we will advise the appropriate treatment for you.
Secondly, we will ensure good hygiene practices are in place in order to aid healing.
Finally, we will advise how to prevent re-occurrence of the problem.