Athlete's Foot Specialist

Progressive Podiatry PLLC

Podiatrists & Sports Medicine located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Athlete’s foot isn’t just for athletes — this fungal infection can affect anyone. If you notice an itchy, scaly foot rash, you need to visit with Evan Breth, DPM, and Neha Khanna, DPM, of Progressive Podiatry PLLC. With four conveniently-located Brooklyn, New York, clinic locations you have an office nearby to get the athlete’s foot treatment you need right away. Schedule your exam at the Park Slope, Mill Basin, or Bensonhurst location with the online booking feature or call your closest office.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

How did I get athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that usually develops between your toes. This fungal infection attacks your feet because it needs warm, moist, and dark environments to thrive. Developing an athlete’s foot infection may occur from:

  • Walking barefoot in damp communal areas, like locker rooms
  • Sharing socks or shoes with someone who has athlete’s foot
  • Not thoroughly treating a prior athlete’s foot infection

Athlete’s foot mimics bacterial infections and even chronic dermatological conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. That’s why it’s important to have a thorough medical evaluation and get diagnosed, rather than trying to treat the problem yourself.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot issues tend to target the areas between your toes, although you can certainly develop this fungal infection anywhere on your foot. Common symptoms include:

  • Dry or flaky skin
  • Burning and itching
  • Inflammation or swelling

You may even develop blisters that can crack open and weep fluid. This exposes raw skin underneath, which can become incredibly painful and uncomfortable.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Once Dr. Breth or Dr. Khanna confirm that you have athlete’s foot, they can find the best solutions for your specific case. Athlete’s foot treatments can include:

  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Prescription antifungal creams
  • Over-the-counter ointments

The team at Progressive Podiatry PLLC also focus on counseling you on preventive measures. For instance, to both treat and prevent athlete’s foot, it’s important to wash your feet and between your toes daily — and dry them completely. Applying talcum powder to reduce perspiration may also be beneficial.

Because it’s so important to keep your feet dry, especially if you’re currently battling an athlete’s foot infection, change your socks right away if they’re sweaty. It’s also essential to let damp shoes completely dry out overnight, or better yet, have a second set available to wear the following day to allow your other shoes to dry out. These measures are important for helping relieve athlete’s foot infections, so you won’t have to live another day with foot discomfort.

Athlete’s foot is sometimes mistaken for an underlying chronic skin condition, making it imperative to schedule an evaluation at Progressive Podiatry PLLC today for proper treatment. Use the online scheduler to book, or call your closest clinic.