Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that can occur on any part of the foot, including between the toes. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include itchiness and dry skin that don’t improve even after applying moisturizers.
The dry skin may actually look soggy, white or red as well between the toes, and have peeling skin that causes irritation to the foot and sometimes pain as well. Wearing closed shoes worsens the infection as the dark, moist environment is ideal for fungus to grow. Contrary to its name, athlete’s foot can also strike the sedentary office worker.
This video from us gives you a good look at what a typical infection looks like – if your foot looks like that, we highly recommend seeking medical help immediately.
As athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection, the factors which cause the fungal infection are similar as in other cases of fungal infections.
The danger of athlete’s foot lies in how it can infect other parts of the foot (and body) as well, with one of the most dangerous places it can spread to being the nails which will cause onychomycosis. Nail infections are extremely difficult to treat even for professional podiatrists and could take up to a year of treatment before healing.
Anti-fungal medications are a must when dealing with athlete’s foot, so you can expect to be using those. Additional treatment will be recommended by your medical provider as and when it’s necessary – if you seek help early, this hopefully shouldn’t be needed.
The best cure, however, is always prevention. We always recommend the same tips to our patients to avoid fungal infections especially in a humid climate like Singapore which makes it easier for fungus to take root:
Additionally, if you can, try to take off your shoes every now and then to air out your feet, especially if you’ve recently had to walk through the rain and have soggy socks.
As foot specialists, treating athlete’s foot isn’t anything new to Family Podiatry Centre. Do not hesitate to book a consultation with us if you’re suffering from athlete’s foot. We can provide you with topical or oral anti-fungal treatments to cure the infection and advise you on what else you can do to manage the infection in the meantime. Most importantly, keep your feet clean!