Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot Specialist
At Hayward Foot & Ankle Center, with locations in both Harder-Tennyson and Mountain View, California, Dr. Bita Mostaghimi treats patients with athletes foot. Residents throughout the East Bay and Silicon Valley areas of San Francisco, suffering from athlete’s foot, turn to Dr Mostaghimi for her expert care.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

by Bita Mostaghimi, DPM

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops on the skin of the foot. The infection typically originates between the toes, but it can occur on any part of the foot.

How do People Get Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot can be passed from person-to-person through physical contact. Most people, however, first contract the fungus by walking barefoot on a contaminated surface, such as a locker room floor, swimming pool deck or public shower. Once contracted, the fungus can quickly grow when people wear tight shoes that don’t provide much air circulation and their feet sweat.

What are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is characterized by a scaly, red rash that itches. Often, the itching is worst immediately after shoes and socks are taken off, and it lessens as the foot airs out. Some cases of athlete’s foot may also create ulcers or blisters on the foot.

As mentioned, the infection typically begins between the toes. These symptoms can occur anywhere on the foot, though.

How is Athlete’s Foot Treated?

Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications. Over-the-counter medicines sometimes aren’t strong enough to fully eradicate infections, though, and infections can recur. When over-the-counter antifungals don’t cure an athlete’s foot infection, a prescription medication may be needed.

How Long Does an Appointment for Athlete’s Foot Take?

Seeing a doctor for a potential athlete’s foot infection is a simple appointment that takes about as long as a routine check-up. After preliminaries, such as vitals, are taken, the doctor will ask about symptoms and take a medical history. They’ll likely perform an examination of the foot, after which they’re usually able to make a diagnosis. If appropriate, they may write a prescription to treat the infection. The entire process takes only a short amount of time.

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