Athlete's Foot Specialist

Sarasota Foot Care Center

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Sarasota, FL

Contrary to its name, athlete’s foot can strike anyone, though moist locker room environments are a common breeding ground for the fungal infection. No matter why you have athlete’s foot, it’s important to quickly control the infection to stop it from spreading. At Sarasota Foot Care Center, with two locations in Sarasota, Florida (Sarasota North and Gulf Gate Sarasota), the team offers treatments to get rid of athlete’s foot and can help you prevent athlete’s foot in the first place. For more information, call either office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that typically strikes in between your toes. Once it takes hold, it can spread over your foot and to both feet. It can also affect your toenails. 

The fungus thrives in damp environments, so most people are often infected in areas like public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Athlete’s foot can also be spread by sharing wet towels, and it’s encouraged by damp, sweaty socks that have been exposed to the infection.

While athlete’s foot isn’t a serious condition, the itchy rash can make your life uncomfortable, and you can even develop open sores if you scratch at the infection.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot typically shows up as a red rash in between your toes, which can spread to the rest of your foot. Because athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, it can also spread to your hands, especially if you’re scratching your feet. 

In more advanced cases, athlete’s foot can lead to blisters or ulcers that can be quite painful and even dangerous if you have a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Once the team at Sarasota Foot Care Center confirms that you have athlete’s foot, they typically prescribe an antifungal medication, which may be oral or topical. 

For self-care, be sure to wash and thoroughly dry your feet and toes, and then use foot powder in your shoes and socks to keep them extra dry. 

How can athlete’s foot be prevented?

The best way to deal with athlete’s foot is to avoid the infection altogether, which is fairly simple if you take a few precautionary measures, such as:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry, especially in between your toes
  • Wear shoes in public places where moisture is present
  • Swap out sweaty socks and towels with dry, clean ones
  • Launder your socks and towels anytime they get sweaty or dirty
  • Wear well-ventilated shoes
  • Don’t share towels or socks

If you’ve already been infected, you can check the spread of athlete’s foot by following the instructions above and seeing the team at Sarasota Foot Care Center at the first signs of the fungal infection to get treated.

To quickly put an end to athlete’s foot, call Sarasota Foot Care Center or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.