Athlete’s foot is a chronic fungal infection, and is most often contracted in places like locker rooms, public showers, swimming pools, or anywhere else where people go barefoot.
Several different types of fungus can cause Athlete’s foot, which can range from mild scaling and itching, to painful swelling, inflammation, and blisters. It often begins between the toes, or on the arch of the foot, but can spread to the bottom and sides.
Successful treatment requires a combination of medication and self-care. The kind of medication required depends on the type of infection, since there are different kinds of fungus that cause Athlete’s foot. Over-the-counter or prescription powders, lotions, and ointments are available to treat scaling, itching, and inflammation for less serious cases. Soaking the foot may help resolve excessive perspiration. Make sure to consult your physician before taking any medication or beginning treatment. If the Athlete’s foot does not improve with treatment, stronger medications may be required. Consult your podiatrist!