Athlete's Foot Specialist

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors

Podiatrists located in Huntington Beach, CA

At any one time in the United States, up to 25% of the population is suffering from athlete’s foot. If you’re one of these people, it’s important to call or make an appointment online today at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California before your athlete's foot spreads or worsens.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that starts between your toes when your feet become sweaty while wearing tight-fitting shoes. Athlete's foot also results from exposure to damp surfaces that those already infected have come into contact with, including:

  • Showers
  • Swimming pools
  • Locker room floors

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete's foot ranges from somewhat annoying to extremely uncomfortable. It starts as a rash between your toes that itches, especially right after you remove your socks and shoes. Other signs include:

  • Bumps, cracks, blisters
  • Peeling between your toes
  • Scaling and redness on the soles of your feet
  • Unpleasant odor and “cheesy” skin between your toes
  • Rash that spreads to the inside part of your foot
  • Raw skin from scratching

How is athlete’s foot diagnosed?

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors diagnoses your athlete’s foot by performing a physical examination of your rash. A sample is taken from the infected area and examined under a microscope to confirm a diagnosis and rule out other conditions. A small sample of the infected area is also sent to a lab for further testing.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

For mild cases of athlete’s foot, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors recommends using an over-the-counter antifungal medication.

For more severe cases, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors prescribes ointments, lotions, powders, or sprays. Several oral drugs can also help the more severe cases of athlete’s foot.

Regardless of the type of medication used, your feet should begin to feel better in a few days. However, it often takes up to a month for the medicine to get rid of your athlete's foot entirely.

How is athlete’s foot prevented?

Several actions can help reduce your chances of getting athlete’s foot. These include:

Wearing shoes where others go barefoot

Whether you’re poolside, in the locker room, or using the shower at the gym, water shoes and flip flops help protect your feet from exposure to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

Have more than one pair of shoes

Alternating your shoes gives each pair a chance to dry between uses.

Socks

Socks, especially those made out of cotton, help absorb moisture. It’s also good to change your socks more than once a day.

Go barefoot

Let your feet air dry whenever possible and give them, and your shoes, a break when you’re relaxing at home.

If your feet itch from athlete’s foot, call or make an appointment online at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.