Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, a common fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, can cause itching, burning, and cracked skin, often leading to discomfort and potential complications if left untreated. At Ava MD, our experienced dermatologists are well-versed in diagnosing and treating athlete’s foot with effective and personalized care plans. Utilizing the latest antifungal treatments and preventative strategies, we aim to alleviate symptoms and promote long-term foot health. Learn more about how Ava MD can help you manage and treat athlete’s foot, ensuring your feet stay healthy and comfortable with our expert dermatological care.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin that primarily affects the feet, particularly the areas between the toes. It is caused by various types of fungi, including the Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, and Microsporum species. Athlete’s Foot is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact with infected skin or contaminated surfaces.

Athlete’s Foot thrives in warm, moist environments, such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. Factors such as wearing tight-fitting shoes, sweaty feet, poor hygiene, and compromised immune function can increase the risk of developing Athlete’s Foot. Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot may include:

  • Itching, burning, or stinging sensations between the toes or on the soles of the feet.
  • Redness, inflammation, and peeling skin in affected areas.
  • Cracked, blistered, or oozing skin, especially between the toes.
  • Foul odor emanating from the feet due to fungal growth and bacterial infection.

At Ava MD, we specialize in diagnosing and treating fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot, so that our patients can achieve healthier, more comfortable feet. Our team of experienced providers offer treatment plans tailored to your unique needs for an optimal result and long-term relief.

Treatments Options for Athlete’s Foot

Treating Athlete’s Foot typically involves the use of antifungal medications, which come in various forms such as creams, sprays, and powders. Over-the-counter options are available, but for severe or persistent causes, prescription-strength topical or oral antifungal medications may be necessary. Good foot hygiene practices, such as keeping feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and using foot soaks or powders, can also help manage and prevent Athlete’s Foot. Treatment options include:

  • Topical Antifungal Medications
    • Antifungal Creams or Sprays: Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antifungal creams, sprays, or powders containing ingredients such as clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, or ketoconazole can help eradicate fungal infections and relieve symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
  • Oral Antifungal Medications
    • Prescription Oral Medications: In severe or persistent cases of Athlete’s Foot, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by a healthcare professional to address fungal infections from within the body.
  • Hygiene and Self-Care Practices
    • Keep Feet Clean and Dry: Practice good foot hygiene by washing your feet daily with soap and water, drying them thoroughly, and changing socks and shoes regularly.
    • Wear Breathable Footwear: Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking socks and shoes made of natural materials such as cotton or leather to help keep feet dry and prevent fungal growth.
  • Home Remedies and Preventive Measures:
    • Foot Soaks: Soaking feet in warm water with added ingredients like vinegar, salt, or tea tree oil may help relieve symptoms and inhibit fungal growth.
      Foot Powder: Applying antifungal foot powder or baking soda to the feet can help absorb excess moisture and prevent fungal infections.

Schedule a consultation today and discover how we can help you effectively manage and treat your condition. Take the first step towards healthier, happier feet with expert care from our Ava MD providers.

Contact Us

Our experienced team at Ava MD is here to help you explore the best treatment options for your Athlete’s Foot and other skin concerns. We have helped countless patients find the results they deserve. For more information on how we can help you, call us at 310-843-9915 (Beverly Hills) or 310-828-2282 (Santa Monica) and schedule a consultation with us today.