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Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Don’t let bunion pain affect your day-to-day life.
Bunion pain getting you down? Feeling like you want to get up and go but your feet don’t want to? If so, our Washington DC podiatrist, Dr. James Mintzer, can help you get your discomfort under control. Here are some easy, nonsurgical ways to reduce your bunion problems:
If your bunion gives you grief whenever you step into shoes, then you may want to consider getting a bunion pad, which can be applied over the area to take pressure off the deformity while wearing shoes. It can also prevent a callus or corn from forming.
Wear the Right Shoes
High heels and shoes that are too tight or bunch up your toes will only make your bunion worse. It’s important that you are wearing shoes that give your toes enough room to move around and wiggle freely. Avoid shoes that have a heel over 2-inches tall and instead look for a pair that provides added cushioning and support for the soles of your feet. If you exercise or workout, it’s also important that you replace your sneakers every 3-4 months or when they start to wear out.
Use Topical Pain Relief
Once pain already surfaces, our Washington DC foot doctors understand that the goal is to eliminate the pain as soon as possible. One way to do this is to find topical pain relieving gels. Some of these gels contain menthol and other cooling properties that can reduce inflammatory and pain. Some products containing capsaicin have also been known to temporarily alleviate bunion pain when applied to the area.
Ice the Pain Away
Another way to reduce pain and inflammation is by icing the bunion. Make sure to wrap the ice pack with a towel before applying to the area, as applying ice directly to the skin can cause burns. Ice the bunion for up to 15 minutes, making sure to move the ice around to different areas of the foot. Alternatively, you may choose to soak your feet in cool (but not ice cold) water. If you are dealing with joint stiffness, you may want to turn to a warm foot soak or a warm compress to provide relief.
When to Consider Surgery
Surgery is rarely required if you catch the bunion early on and incorporate certain lifestyle modifications; however, if your bunion pain is severe, affecting how you move around, and not responding to at-home care, it may be time to talk to our podiatrist about whether surgery is the best option.
Want to get your pain under control? Then call Providence Foot Health Center in Washington DC today to find out how we can help you! Our number is (202) 269-4062.
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!