Athlete’s Foot

Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Athlete's Foot, General Foot Care

When the majority of Americans hear that someone has itchy feet and ankles, thoughts of tinea pedis tend to immediately come to mind. Although it is often one of the chief causes of intense itchy, it by far, isn’t the only one. There are actually many conditions that may be behind the intense itching and home foot care may not be enough to solve the problem. Here’s a look at just some of the other podiatry issues that could be spurring on a person’s overwhelming need to scratch: Xerotic Eczema If the temperatures have already started to dip and relative humidity is low, a person’s feet could show signs of xerotic eczema. It could also be caused by dehydration, malnutrition, allergic reactions to soap and taking too many hot showers in the winter months. In addition to the itching, people affected by the condition may experience redness, scaling, peeling and cracked skin too. Foot care may involve the use of washing powders, non-steroidal creams, steroidal creams, medicated oils and other thick emollients. Dyshidrotic Eczema If a person has many of the symptoms mentioned above but their feet and ankles also happen to be covered with clusters of little blisters, it could be dyshidrotic eczema instead. Although both genders have the potential to develop the skin problem, it tends to affect women more often than not. Podiatrists frequently attribute its cause to seasonal allergies. Therefore, it typically shows up on the feet and ankles during the spring, summer and fall. Treatment for the condition involves many of the foot care products used to resolve xerotic eczema. Scabies Itchy feet and ankles may be caused by scabies mites as well. It is one of those podiatry problems that require professional care. Sometimes it is accompanied by crusty patches of skin, rashes, blisters and discolored lines that run near those items. Foot care to kill off the mites tends to last a month and requires the use of prescription medications. So anyone that feels he or she may be suffering from the condition should contact a Delray Beach podiatrist right...

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Importance of Effectively Treating Athlete’s Foot

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Athlete's Foot

Irritating, bothersome, completely of no use, and even painful at times… no, I’m not talking about the United States House of Congress, I’m talking about the itching and burning medical condition known as tinea pedis, or more commonly, Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot usually begins with some form of perspiration happening between the toes while a person is wearing especially tight fitting shoes and socks. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated flooring, towels, and even clothing. It is indeed a fairly common foot problem, but it can range in its form of severity, from mild to quite problematic when skin between the toes may actually peel and crack. Therefore, it’s important enough if you have the condition, to know some of the most effective forms of athlete’s foot treatment as follows: Prevention – You can in fact, take steps to prevent athlete’s foot infection from ever happening in the first place. A good place to start is by making sure that you are wearing appropriately sized shoes that leave plenty of room for your toes to breathe. Wearing sandals in publicly shared shower areas will help to prevent contamination. Lastly, using some brand of talcum powder to keep your feet dry will prevent that moisture between the toes from starting an infection. Over-the-Counter – Various lotions, creams, and sprays can do a solid job of minimizing itching and burning, while effectively treating athlete’s foot as well. A healthy assortment of these can be found in most pharmacies. Prescription – If your case of athlete’s foot ranges more towards the severe end of the problematic scale, then your Delray podiatrist would be well advised to give you a prescription medication to alleviate symptoms and remove the infection. As with most medications of this type, you should stay on the medication until your foot doctor tells you to stop. Prematurely stopping the treatment could result in not completely ridding yourself of the infection and experiencing a more extended case of the condition. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is one of those conditions that has a high likelihood of returning. You can minimize the risk of this happening by using all the previously mentioned preventative measures throughout your life and following your podiatrist’s orders...

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