Athlete's Foot

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

While athlete’s foot most commonly affects sports and exercise enthusiasts, this fungal infection can certainly spread to anyone. If you’re experiencing burning, itching, and redness around your toes, it’s time to have a thorough evaluation with Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry. You can get effective athlete’s foot relief and learn prevention techniques right in this Clifton, New Jersey podiatry clinic. Book your appointment online, or call the office.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What causes athlete’s foot?

Usually caused by a fungal invader, athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot infections among both men and women. Athlete’s foot-causing organisms thrive in damp, dark, and warm environments. This is why that close-knit area between your toes is so perfect.

Because athlete’s foot is so contagious, you generally become infected by:

  • Walking barefoot in a communal area, like a locker room or pool deck
  • Sharing socks or shoes with an infected person
  • Regularly wearing sweaty socks and shoes

Plus, if you have athlete’s foot on one foot, you can easily spread it to your other foot — or even other areas of your body — through touch.

How do I know if I have athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is known for causing an uncomfortable rash between your toes, although the condition can easily affect other areas of your feet, too. If you have athlete’s foot, you’re probably going to experience:

  • Scaling, itching, or dry skin
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Blisters that may crack and ooze

These symptoms can linger all day, although they’re usually more severe after taking off your socks and shoes after a workout. The worse athlete’s foot becomes, the rawer your skin gets — especially if you scratch or pick at it. Because athlete’s foot won’t go away on its own, you need to head in to Premier Podiatry for an effective clinical-grade treatment at the first sign.

What is the treatment for athlete’s foot?

Dr. Petkov understands how unbearably painful athlete’s foot can be, especially if you’re an exercise enthusiast or athlete and it starts affecting your performance. Some of the most effective athlete’s foot solutions he offers include:

  • Topical antifungal medication
  • Oral antifungal pills
  • Anti-itch creams or powders

Occasionally, athlete’s foot is caused by bacteria, rather than fungus. Over-the-counter treatments and antifungal remedies won’t work if this is the case. Dr. Petkov thoroughly evaluates your case of athlete’s foot to get to the cause and if bacteria is the culprit, he can prescribe antibiotics.

Schedule your athlete’s foot evaluation at Premier Podiatry and get started on treatment right away. Go online to request an exam, or call and speak with a team member directly.