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Athlete’s Foot

Definition: Athletes foot infections are caused by a fungal infection of the skin. There are a variety of fungal organisms that can cause such infections.

Causes:

Moisture, heat and darkness, all of which occur in your shoes

Symptoms:

  • Itching, weeping, oozing and skin macerations
  • Symptoms most commonly occur in the web spaces between the toes.
  • Chronic cases may cause dry, scaly redness on the soles of the feet

Treatment:

  • Change socks frequently if wet or use moisture wicking socks (acrylic).
  • Cleanse feet often.
  • Apply topical anti-fungal creams until symptoms resolve and anti-fungal powders for preventative maintenance.

Prevention:

  • Keep feet dry
  • Use an anti-fungal powder in shoes and socks.

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Hospital Affiliations

midwest orthopadic speciality hospital wheaton franciscan healthcare wheaton franciscan healthcare columbia st mary's childrens hospitel of wisconsin surgicenter of greater milwaukee wisconsin health center aurora health care

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