Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot services offered in Louisville, Leitchfield, Elizabethtown and Shepherdsville, KY and Clarksville, Corydon and Jeffersonville, IN

Athlete's Foot

Is the skin on your feet red, itching, or cracked? If so, you might be suffering from athlete’s foot. The dedicated podiatrists at Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists can start a treatment plan to alleviate your condition. Reach out to one of the convenient locations in Louisville, Leitchfield, Elizabethtown, Shepherdsville, Fern Creek, or Jeffersonville, Kentucky. Make an appointment by phone or book online today.

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects the feet’s skin. It’s often caused by the same fungi responsible for ringworm and jock itch, typically the group of fungi known as dermatophytes. 

This contagious condition is prevalent among athletes and those frequently using communal shower facilities, as the fungi thrive in warm and moist environments.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

The symptoms of athlete’s foot can vary but commonly include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging sensations on the bottom of your feet or between your toes
  • Redness
  • Cracked skin
  • Scaly skin

In some cases, blisters or ulcers may develop, leading to discomfort and pain. Athlete’s foot can spread to other areas of the body, such as the hands or groin, if left untreated.

What is the cause of my athlete’s foot?

The primary cause of athlete’s foot is the growth of dermatophyte fungi on the skin, often facilitated by warm, damp environments. Factors that increase the risk of developing athlete’s foot include wearing tight or poorly ventilated shoes, walking barefoot in communal areas like gym locker rooms or swimming pool areas, and having a weakened immune system.

How will my athlete’s foot be treated?

At Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists, the podiatry team typically treats athlete’s foot with antifungal medications, which can be applied topically in the form of creams, ointments, or sprays. Over-the-counter antifungal medications are available for mild cases, while more severe or persistent infections may require prescription-strength treatments.

In addition to antifungal medications, you must practice proper foot hygiene to manage and prevent athlete's foot. This includes:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Wearing breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks
  • Avoiding walking barefoot in public places
  • Changing socks regularly, especially if they become damp

For severe or recurrent cases, your provider may recommend oral antifungal medications. In some instances where secondary bacterial infections occur, they may prescribe antibiotics.

If you have any signs of infection or your condition persists, call Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as possible. They can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment immediately so your feet can get on the road to recovery.

To learn more about athlete’s foot, call or book an appointment online today.