If I'm Not an Athlete, Can I Still Get Athlete's Foot?
Despite the name, anyone can get Athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a common term for a foot fungus that grows in warm, moist areas, especially where people walk barefoot. For this reason, it is possible to contract Athlete’s foot by walking barefoot in public areas such as locker rooms, changing rooms, and pool areas.
What are the symptoms?
Athlete’s foot commonly causes red, flaky, and cracked skin on the bottom of the foot or the skin between the toes. It is commonly itchy and painful.
What can I do to prevent Athlete’s foot?
First and foremost, it is best not to walk barefoot in the same areas as other people. Instead, we recommended wearing flip-flops or other waterproof footwear if using public areas such as locker room showers.
Try to keep your feet as dry as possible. If your feet get very sweaty, try to change your socks during the day. Avoid wearing the same shoes every day, and give your shoes a chance to fully air dry. Drying your shoes out will make it less likely for the fungus to grow.
If someone in your family has Athlete’s foot, it is best to clean and disinfect the shower or bath after they use it. Avoid sharing towels, as damp towels provide another environment for the fungus to grow.
How do you treat it?
There are several over-the-counter products to treat Athlete’s foot found at your local pharmacy.
If these do not work for your foot, at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care in Piqua Ohio, we can prescribe a prescription strength topical treatment, if necessary. For the most difficult cases, oral antifungal drugs may be necessary.