Posts for: March, 2018
Athlete’s foot, a condition that can cause offensive odor, is not a condition that you have to tolerate and try to ignore—it can be cured with basic treatments at a foot doctor’s office. Dr. Henry Slomowitz can make your athlete’s foot symptoms disappear at his Paterson or Paramus, NJ office—also serving patients in Ridgewood, NJ.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by a buildup of fungus on the bottom of the foot and in between the toes. The fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions, which is why patients who sweat in their sneakers and socks often develop this problem. It can also come from using public showers, sharing socks and shoes, or coming in contact with another person's foot who has this condition. Athlete’s foot can be a chronic problem if you keep repeating the same actions that caused it.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
One symptom of athlete’s foot that is impossible to mistake is the strong, smelly odor. Another symptom is an itching sensation or pain. The fungus also causes the feet to scale and shed skin. If it’s not treated, blisters may start to form on the feet and toenail fungus can also become a problem.
Athlete’s Foot Treatments
To treat athletes foot, your Ridgewood, Paterson, or Paramus, NJ foot doctor must get the fungus under control first using prescription medication. You’ll apply the cream or powder as directed each day until symptoms are abated. To speed healing, also add antifungal powder to the shoes and socks. Change your socks often and wear sandals more to give your feet some air. Be sure to wear protective shoes in public areas and showers.
A Treatable Problem
You should know that athlete’s foot is both preventable and treatable. See a Ridgewood, Paterson, or Paramus, NJ foot doctor for advice on how to deal with this common condition. Call (973) 684-1011 or (201) 599-9255 today for an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz.