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What Is Severe Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's foot, a fungal skin infection of the foot, can become severe and cause blisters or ulcers. Severe athlete’s foot can be a persistent and debilitating condition that significantly impacts a patient’s quality of life. The advanced stage of the infection is characterized by intense itching, burning, and a noticeable degradation of the skin on the feet. This includes cracking, peeling, and the emergence of blisters. Ulcers, or deep sores, may appear on the heel or ball of the foot. Where athlete’s foot normally appears between the toes or the side of the foot, severe athlete's foot may spread beyond these areas to the rest of the foot. This can lead to secondary bacterial infections due to the compromised integrity of the skin. Treatment usually includes a multi-step approach, such as prescribed antifungal medications, rigorous hygiene practices, and possibly lifestyle adjustments. If you suspect athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist promptly to prevent the condition from worsening. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Family Podiatry.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, FL. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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