What is it and what are the symptoms?
Athletes foot (also known as Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection of the foot that presents as a rash and is often found between the toes. More than half the population will at one time or another develop athlete’s foot. It affects men more than women, and it becomes more common with older age.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot are:
- Dry, red, scaly and flaky skin
- White, soggy, cracked skin.
- The affected skin may be covered in small blisters
In severe cases, skin damaged by athlete’s foot can become infected with bacteria. This can lead to cellulitis (an infection of the deeper layers of skin and underlying tissue) which may cause the skin to become red, hot and swollen.
What causes them?
Excessive moisture and lack of airflow around the feet predispose people to infection with the fungus. To decrease your chances of contracting athlete’s foot, avoid walking barefoot in public locker rooms and showers, and keep feet clean, dry and in shoes that allow the feet to get air. You also should not scratch the infected skin as this may spread the infection and cause fungal nail in the fingers too.
Sheridan Foot Health will diagnosis athlete’s foot after conducting a physical examination of your feet
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements.
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.