Athlete's Foot ( Tinea Pedis )

John A. Brandeisky, DPM, FACFS

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Athletes foot is a common fungal infection of the foot.  It is also known as Tinea Pedis.  The fungus that causes it is called tricophytom ruburm ( usually ).   This fungus thrives readily and spreads in a damp and dark environment.  It can start on one foot, travel to the other and even to your hands if the conditions are right.  When these conditions are not met, the fungus becomes a dark little protected fortress known as a spore.  This is its dormant state.  When darkness and dampness conditions again arise, the spore germinates and begins infecting your skin again.  The spore state is how you can get the infection from using other people's shoes or from an unsanitary shower. I usually give my patients with this condition the following advice:

1.  Alternate footwear.  While one pair of shoes is not worn, spray Tinactin or Micatin in each shoe.  Leave shoes in the sunlight if possible.  You may leave treated shoes in a plastic bag in the closet.

2.  Keep feet clean and dry.  After showering dry feet and between toes completely before wearing shoes and socks.

3.  Use prescription or over the counter spray preparations as directed.

4.  If itching persists, do not scratch.  If your foot becomes red, swollen or is oozing into your socks, please make an appointment immediately.  This especially applies if you are also a diabetic or have poor circulation.

5. You may use Blueboro or Domeboro soaks once or twice daily.  They are called astringent soaks and they dry your skin and any oozing areas.  The lukewarm solution is very soothing.

6. If you have a question, concern or problem, please do not hesitate to call and make an appointment for stronger medication. 

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