Francine Rhinehart, DPM
General Podiatrist & Aesthetic Podiatrist located in Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can leave your feet so irritated and raw that you can’t slip on socks and shoes without experiencing agonizing pain. At the practice of Francine Rhinehart, DPM, in Dallas, Texas, you can get an appointment right away for an athlete’s foot evaluation, so you can quickly begin treatment. Use the online booking tool to schedule your athlete’s foot exam or call the clinic to schedule by phone.
Athlete's Foot Q & A
What causes athlete’s foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a common fungal foot infection. The fungal invaders that cause athlete’s foot thrive in just about any environment that’s moist, dark, and warm.
Fungal organisms tend to lurk near pool decks and in communal showers. Chances are, you came into contact with an athlete’s foot-causing organism by walking barefoot in these types of areas. Your risk of developing athlete’s foot further increases if you have:
- Overly sweaty feet
- Poor blood circulation
- Underlying skin irritation issues, such as dermatitis
Without proper treatment, your case of athlete’s foot may continue to flare up or even spread to other people.
When should I see a podiatrist for athlete’s foot?
You should visit the practice of Francine Rhinehart, DPM, if you’re experiencing any kind of foot irritation. Dr. Rhinehart spends time examining you and evaluating your symptoms, which may include:
- Itchy or oozing blisters
- Cracking and peeling skin
- Thick and discolored toenails
- Overly dry and flaky skin
You should also visit with Dr. Rhinehart if you notice that your toenails are starting to loosen and pull away from your nail bed, which can lead to serious toe pain. She spends time counseling you about different treatment options.
How is athlete’s foot treated?
Treating athlete’s foot may involve combining pain-relieving solutions and fungal treatments to help you get relief as you heal. Dr. Rhinehart may recommend:
- Removing visible fungus
- Applying topical steroid medications
- Applying prescription antifungal cream
For recurring cases of athlete’s foot, Dr. Rhinehart may prescribe oral antifungal medications. Her goal is to help you recover from the most complex of athlete's foot issues and restore the health of your feet.
Can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Not always, although you can certainly lower your risk of recurrence. Once Dr. Rhinehart gets you started on treatment, she educates you about preventive steps. To lower your risk of athlete’s foot in the future, it’s important to:
- Always wear shower shoes in communal areas
- Avoid sharing socks and shoes with others
- Wash and dry your feet daily
Dr. Rhinehart also encourages you to allow your gym shoes to thoroughly dry out overnight.
If you struggle with athlete's foot, you can get started on fast and effective treatments at the office of Francine Rhinehart, DPM. Book your visit online or call to schedule over the phone.
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