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Athlete's Foot Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

A common foot fungal infection, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) leads to raw, flaky, tender skin. If you have an athlete’s foot infection, the leading podiatry team at InStride Family Foot Care, with locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, and Monroe, Gastonia, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides fast-acting, highly effective treatments. Click on the online scheduler to book your athlete’s foot exam or call the clinic nearest you today to schedule an evaluation.

Athlete's Foot Q&A

What causes athlete’s foot?

Caused by fungal organisms, athlete’s foot can affect anyone of any age. The infection gets the nickname “athlete’s foot” because the fungal invaders thrive in damp, warm, dark environments — think gym locker rooms and showers. Because of this, athletes or anyone who works out regularly most commonly suffer from the infection. 

Your chances of developing an athlete’s foot infection after coming into contact with fungal organisms increases if you have:

  • An open wound or sore
  • A history of athlete’s foot
  • A weakened immune system

You even risk developing an athlete’s foot infection if you share shoes or socks with someone who has an active infection. This can also include trying on shoes at a department store. 

When should I see a podiatrist for athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and known for causing recurring infections due to the nature of the fungus. Because of this, it’s important to come to InStride Family Foot Care if you have any of the following issues:

  • Red, flaky rash
  • Burning sensations
  • Blisters that may open and ooze
  • Raw skin that becomes very tender

While it’s important for anyone who has an athlete’s foot infection to seek podiatric treatment, it’s particularly important for certain groups. If you have decreased blood flow issues, a weakened immune system, or diabetes, for instance, you have a higher risk of serious infection, so early intervention is critical. 

What does a podiatrist do to treat athlete’s foot?

To confirm you have athlete’s foot and to rule out related infections, your podiatrist at InStride Family Foot Care may take a skin scraping. In most cases though, your podiatrist can diagnose you based on your signs and symptoms. 

Depending on your health history and the severity of your infection, your podiatrist can treat your athlete’s foot with:

  • Prescription-strength topical ointments
  • Foot-drying powders
  • Oral antifungal medications

Prevention is key when it comes to athlete’s foot. Once your podiatrist at InStride gets your current infection taken care of, they counsel you about preventive measures. You need to wear flip flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers at all times and keep your feet clean and dry, for instance, to prevent further issues. 

InStride Family Foot Care’s team of North Carolina’s best podiatrists can help you heal from the most painful of athlete’s foot symptoms. Get started on your treatment by booking an appointment online or by phone today.