Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis in the medical community, is a fungal infection of the feet that is also highly contagious. Athlete’s foot typically may spread in warm and moist environments including public swimming pools, locker rooms, gyms, and communal showers. There are a few symptoms that may indicate the infection is present. These may include dry, scaly, or cracked skin, usually between the toes. The skin may appear flushed or raw, and the toenails may become weak and discolored. Blisters may also form on the feet, and in serious conditions can crack and ooze. Some patients may also experience an itchy sensation. In order to receive a proper diagnosis and relieve the discomfort of symptoms, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.Athlete’s FootAthlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Sergey Losyev from Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.What Is Athlete’s Foot?Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.PreventionThe most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:Thoroughly washing and drying feetAvoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showersUsing shower shoes in public showersWearing socks that allow the feet to breatheChanging socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lotSymptomsAthlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:RednessBurningItchingScaly and peeling skinDiagnosis and TreatmentDiagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Morganville, NJ, Bay Street in Brooklyn, and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.