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Athlete’s Foot

ATHLETE’S FOOT

What is it?

Athlete’s foot is a common infection of the skin with symptoms that include itching, scaling, redness and small blisters. In most cases it begins between the toes, but can extend outwards to the sides and bottom of the foot, and even to the nails. Despite being called athlete’s foot, it is a very common infection affecting athletes and non-athletes alike.

What can cause it?

The warm, dark and humid environment that our feet endure from our footwear actually encourages fungal growth. Athlete’s foot can also be contracted in areas that may already have traces of the fungus, some of these include:

  • Dressing rooms
  • Hotels
  • Locker room showers
  • Public swimming areas

What can I do to alleviate it?

Athlete’s foot is an irritable condition, that if untreated can lead to more serious issues. The main issue being onychomycosis, or in easier terms, the fungus spreading and infecting the nail. To prevent this, make an appointment with us at Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthotic Centres at the onset of symptoms, you don’t need to live with this discomfort.