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Athlete's Foot Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Up to 7 in 10 Americans develop athlete’s foot eventually. This very common condition causes red, scaly, itchy, and raw skin that can be hard to heal sometimes. That’s why you need the foot care specialists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle when fighting this stubborn infection. At two offices in Scottsdale and additional locations in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, the premier podiatry care team prescribes easy-to-use treatments that clear the athlete’s foot fungus for good. Call the office in your area or use online booking now.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between your toes and on the bottom of your feet. The fungus spreads easily, sometimes reaching the sides and tops of your feet as well. 

The athlete’s foot fungus thrives in damp and dark environments like your shoes. The fungus also flourishes in damp public areas, like swimming pools and saunas. Athlete’s foot earned its name because the infection so often affects athletes who visit such environments. 

How can I tell if I have athlete’s foot?

The main symptoms of athlete’s foot are: 

  • Scaly, peeling skin 
  • Burning skin
  • Red skin
  • Itchiness
  • Blisters

In severe cases of athlete’s foot, broken blisters and skin fissures can leave underlying skin exposed and raw. 

At that point, you may develop a secondary bacterial infection called cellulitis. Cellulitis can be quite serious if untreated. It may cause fever, chills, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. 

What is the treatment for athlete’s foot? 

The Arcadia Foot and Ankle team prescribes easy-to-use topical treatments for athlete’s foot, such as Clarus™ Antifungal Cream and MacerRx™ Web Gel. These medical-grade formulas destroy fungus and relieve itching, burning, and other symptoms while helping to heal skin cracks. 

For stubborn athlete’s foot infections, you may need oral antifungal medications as well. If you have a secondary bacterial infection, your podiatrist may prescribe short-term large doses of oral antibiotics. 

Can I prevent athlete’s foot?

Yes, the podiatry care team can help you get started on a number of preventive measures. These include::

  • Washing and drying feet daily
  • Changing damp socks immediately
  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks
  • Not going barefoot in damp areas or public environments
  • Wearing lightweight shoes that allow for good air circulation

The Arcadia Foot and Ankle team may also recommend using antifungal powder, foam, or cream as a daily preventive. Additionally, an antimicrobial product like CleanSweep® can coat the inside of your shoes to help destroy bacteria and neutralize odors.

Do you have itchy, burning, and painful skin between your toes? Don’t scratch till you bleed. The Arcadia Foot and Ankle team can end your athlete’s foot discomfort using proven medical-grade products, so reach out by phone or with online scheduling for help now.