Athlete's Foot Specialist

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

Podiatrist located in Pomona, CA

While athlete’s foot is long associated with locker rooms, the fungal infection can strike anyone, not just sports enthusiasts. Athlete’s foot isn’t terribly dangerous, but it can cause mild to moderate discomfort and it’s also a tricky condition to get rid of unless you have the right medical expertise. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Brian O’Neill, DPM, offers such expertise, allowing his patients in Pomona, California, to quickly rid themselves of the pesky infection. To get long-lasting relief from your athlete’s foot, call or use the online scheduler.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

What is athlete’s foot?

Contrary to its name, athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects all people, regardless of whether they participate in sports. The condition got its name because the fungus typically lurks in wet, moist environments, such as locker rooms, where it’s picked up through bare feet.

Once you’re infected, athlete’s foot can spread over your feet, and even to your hands, making early intervention key to nipping the problem in the bud before it becomes more difficult to treat.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

The most common signs of athlete’s foot include:

  • A red, scaly rash
  • Itching
  • Blisters or ulcers

For most, athlete’s foot represents a persistent nuisance, but if you’re diabetic, the fungal infection poses a far more serious risk since the health of your feet is already in peril due to the disease. In either case, a visit to Dr. O’Neill is a good idea so you can arm yourself with the right tools to fight off the infection.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Once Dr. O’Neill verifies your athlete’s foot, he starts you on a topical antifungal medication. If your infection is severe, he may recommend stronger oral medications.

One of the keys to treating athlete’s foot is to clear the immediate infection completely because the fungus has a way of taking hold and becoming a recurring issue.

Can athlete’s foot be prevented?

One of the best ways to deal with athlete’s foot is to avoid the condition altogether, which you can easily do by taking a few precautionary steps, such as:

  • Avoid going barefoot in public areas filled with moisture (pools, showers, etc.)
  • Keep your feet dry
  • Avoid wearing sweaty socks or shoes
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day
  • Don’t share towels or linens

These steps serve as both preventive practices and measures you should take once you’re infected. As mentioned earlier, once you’ve had athlete’s foot, the problem often recurs, making a little extra vigilance a good idea.

If you’re plagued by athlete’s foot, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or request an appointment by filling out the online form.