Athlete’s Foot Specialist

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Propel Foot and Ankle

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Oakland, CA

Athlete’s foot that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter treatments may require professional care to get rid of this bothersome fungal infection. Bay Area podiatrist Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH, treats athlete’s foot in patients of all ages at her practice, Propel Foot and Ankle in Oakland, California. For effective athlete’s foot treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

Athlete’s Foot Q & A

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that affects the skin on your feet. This infection usually begins in between the toes but can spread to other parts of your body, including your hands and toenails.

This condition is called athlete’s foot because it’s common among athletes. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist places, like a public shower or locker room.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot causes a red, scaly rash that often causes uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, and pain. Itching may be most intense immediately after you remove your shoes and socks. In some cases, athlete’s foot can cause severe rashes that involve blisters and ulcers.  

What causes athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a contagious infection caused by a fungus. You can get athlete’s foot from direct contact with a person who has it, or by touching a contaminated surface, like a shower or locker room floor.

People who have sweaty feet and wear tight shoes may be at increased risk of developing athlete’s foot. If your feet sweat a lot, it’s important to change your socks and shoes.

How is athlete’s foot diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose athlete’s foot, Dr. Nair reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your foot. She may also take a small skin scraping from the infected area to view under a microscope or send to a lab for analysis.

Then, she recommends the best course of treatment for your condition. Depending on the severity of your athlete’s foot, treatment may include an over-the-counter or prescription-strength antifungal medicine. Severe infections may require oral antifungal medication.

She also provides you with information on steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot from recurring, such as:

  • Keep your feet dry
  • Change your socks regularly, up to twice daily
  • Alternate pairs of shoes to give them time to dry out
  • Wear waterproof sandals at public pools, locker rooms, and showers

If you have athlete’s foot that doesn’t improve with home treatment, call Propel Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.