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Do I Have Athlete's Foot?

Athlete's foot is a common foot disorder. Is it affecting you? Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. Cases of athlete's footathlete's foot can range from a little annoying to really uncomfortable. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers state-of-the-art treatments for athlete's foot.

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a is a contagious skin infection caused by fungus. Athlete's foot is caused by fungus growing on the skin. The fungus that causes the infection thrives in moist and dark places. You are more likely to get athlete's foot if you share shoes or towels with other people, walk around barefoot in public places, don't keep your feet dry and clean, or have a weakened immune system.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of athlete's foot typically includes itching, burning, and stinging. The skin on your foot may frequently peel, and in severe cases, there may be some cracking, pain, itching, and fissuring in the toe webs. Occasionally, athlete's foot causes blisters to appear on the bottom of your foot. If left untreated, there's a risk that the infection will spread to your toenails.

What will the doctor do?

A podiatrist in Marietta can figure out if you have athlete's foot. Your podiatrist will be able to tell looking at the skin on your feet. Your podiatrist may scrape off a skin sample to test for fungus. Many medications are available to treat athlete's foot. Your podiatrist may have you apply a cream that contains medicine that kills fungus. In severe cases of athlete's foot, your podiatrist may prescribe a more powerful antifungal medicine.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Don't wait another minute -- call Ankle and Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 today to schedule an appointment in Marietta, GA. We will help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble. Your feet will be in expert hands with our world-class podiatrist, Dr. John!

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