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Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot

Description Of The Injury: Medically known as tinea pedis, Athlete's foot is a fungus infection of the feet. It occurs when types of fungus grow and rapidly multiply within the feet when a moist warm environment is created. Athlete's foot is generally an acute injury that responds well to antifungal cream but may also be a reoccurring problem if lifestyle changes are not implemented.

Injury Symptoms: Athlete's foot is usually identifiable by skin peeling of the toes, blisters, and a distinct redness. The toes or affected areas may feel as if they are burning. Along with peeling, the skin may be crusty, flaky and itchy.

Additional Information

Home Treatments:

Over the counter anti fungal creams and medications are widely available for the treatment of Athlete's foot. These generally involve the washing and drying of the area, followed by the application of the medication one or twice a day. Improvements generally occur within 2-4 weeks.

Professional Medical Treatments:

Athlete's foot that does not respond positively to regular over the counter medication and preventative care usually is a good candidate for stronger anti fungal medication prescribed by a doctor. These are usually topical creams or pills to be used on a daily basis. Additionally, secondary bacterial infection that occurs due to Athlete's foot may also have to be treated if a doctor suspects this to be the case.

Physical Therapy and Exercises:

There are no known exercises that improve the treatment of Athlete's foot.

Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:

Prevention of Athlete's foot generally involves lifestyle adjustments, not exercise techniques. For instance, maintaining dry feet and changing socks in order to prevent bacteria and fungus build up greatly reduce the risk of Athlete's foot from occurring. Using drying powder after exercise and using ventilated shoes will also help. The photos used in this article are prepared by the studio alif.media on the order of our project.