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Athlete’s Foot Specialist

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Chicago Surgical Clinic

Surgery Center located in Arlington Heights, IL

Athlete’s foot can be a tenacious condition that often requires medical intervention to finally put an end to the fungal infection. Because the expert team at Chicago Surgical Clinic understands how a seemingly minor condition can wreak havoc on your feet, they work to quickly remedy athlete’s foot. If you’re struggling with athlete’s foot, call the office in Arlington Heights, Illinois. You can also use the online scheduler to request an appointment at any time.

Athlete’s foot Q & A

Athlete’s foot, which is medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that typically strikes your toes. The fungus is in the same family as those that lead to jock itch or ringworm, and it’s typically passed around in warm, wet environments, such as locker rooms and sports equipment, which is how the condition got its name.

While not necessarily dangerous, athlete’s foot can lead to considerable discomfort as the rash becomes itchy or painful.

What are the most common signs of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot often presents itself as a scaly, red rash that develops on top of, and in between, your toes.

Left unchecked, athlete’s foot can lead to blisters or ulcers, which is of particular concern for patients who have diabetes or circulatory problems in their feet. If you have a pre-existing condition that compromises the health of your feet, it’s imperative that you make an appointment at Chicago Surgical Clinic at the first signs of athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot can also spread to your hands, your groin, and your nails, and this makes early intervention at Chicago Surgical Clinic a good idea.

How is athlete’s foot diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose your athlete’s foot, your provider at Chicago Surgical Clinic reviews your symptoms and performs a physical exam. They may take a sample of the tissue to rule out other issues such as eczema.

Once your provider confirms athlete’s foot, they recommend antifungal medications, which come in various forms, such as ointments, sprays, or powders.

As important as the medications are in clearing up athlete’s foot, there are other tactics you should implement to prevent it from returning, such as:

  • Always keeping your feet dry
  • Swapping out sweaty socks frequently
  • Avoiding sharing towels or footwear
  • Wearing well-ventilated shoes when you engage in activities that make you sweat
  • Cleaning and drying your feet after your activity
  • Wearing shoes in public places

With some due diligence on your part, you can help clear up your athlete’s foot in no time at all and prevent a recurrence.

For the quick and easy resolution of your athlete’s foot, call Chicago Surgical Clinic or request an appointment using the online booking feature.