Athlete’s Foot

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, East Brunswick, and Edison, NJ

As much as 15% of the population struggles with athlete’s foot, a painful fungal infection. If you notice a red scaly rash or have a history of athlete’s foot, schedule an exam at one of Cardio Metabolic Institute’s clinic locations in Somerset, Monroe Township, or East Brunswick, New Jersey. The skilled podiatry team can treat your athlete’s foot infection and help you lower your risk of ongoing issues. Book your athlete’s foot evaluation online or call your most convenient office directly to schedule.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is the cause of athlete’s foot? 

Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is caused by the same types of fungal organisms that lead to ringworm and jock itch. These fungal invaders thrive in areas that are damp, warm, and moist, such as swimming pool decks or gym locker room showers. 

Walking barefoot in these types of areas, especially if you have a cut on your foot, gives fungal organisms the opportunity to enter your skin. Your risk of developing athlete’s foot further increases due to:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Poor circulation, possibly due to diabetes
  • Gender, since athlete’s foot is more common in men
  • Regularly having sweaty feet and damp socks and shoes

Having chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, also increases your chances of struggling with athlete’s foot. 

Do I need to see a podiatrist for athlete’s foot?

Yes! Athlete’s foot is very contagious, so it’s important to get your infection under control not just to relieve your symptoms, but also to prevent the spread of the infection. 

The podiatry team at Cardio Metabolic Institute encourages you to come in for an athlete’s foot evaluation right away if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Flaky or cracking skin
  • Itchiness
  • Burning 
  • Redness 
  • Oozing 

Athlete’s foot can make the skin on your toes and the soles of your feet so raw and tender that putting on socks or shoes becomes unbearably painful. 

What is the treatment for athlete’s foot?

After examining you and talking with you about your lifestyle to get to the root of why you may have athlete’s foot, your dedicated podiatrist at Cardio Metabolic Institute counsels you about all of your different treatment options. Treating athlete’s foot can include:

  • Prescription-strength antifungal ointment
  • Antifungal sprays or powders  
  • Oral antifungal medications

Your podiatrist also spends time teaching you how to prevent athlete’s foot in the future. For instance, letting your gym shoes dry out overnight, washing and drying your feet each day, and wearing shower shoes in communal areas are steps you can take to lower your risk.

Schedule your athlete’s foot exam at Cardio Metabolic Institute today. Click on the online scheduler or call any office to speak with a team member.