Athlete’s foot is medical condition known as Tinea Pedis and is caused by a fungal infection. It can lead to intense itching, cracked, blistered or peeling areas of skin, redness and scaling. It can occur on moist, waterlogged skin especially between the fourth and fifth toes, or on dry, flaky skin around the heels or elsewhere on the foot.
The infection is caused by a number of fungal species, which are commonly located in areas such as pools, showers and changing rooms. Once the feet have been contaminated the warm, dark and sweaty environment that the foot provides while in shoes or trainers provides an ideal breeding ground for the fungal to thrive in.
If the condition is left untreated, the infection can spread to the toe nails, hence causing the nails to become thickened and yellow, therefore making the condition much harder to treat. Fungal infections are extremely contagious and can spread anywhere across the body.
At City Foothealth the podiatrists are equipped to help the patient pinpoint the best treatment for the particular type of infection. The podiatrist here can also help if the fungal infection has spread to the nails, by reducing the thickness and cutting back the nail therefore exposing the nail bed to a light cooler environment.
If you are suffering from any of the above then please mention it to your podiatrist at your next appointment or call to book on 02076283359