Athlete's Foot Treatments By Lexington Podiatry

Athlete’s foot is one doozy of a foot fungus.

We see it in patients of all ages who shower at the fitness center or spend time in a locker room, where it’s easily spread.

Once the fungus comes in contact with your skin, that warm, moist environment of your sweaty sneakers is like fungal heaven.

What Does Athelete's Foot Feel LIke?

The skin around and between your toes will itch and sometimes burn, peel, crack, hurt, blister or become infected. The skin around your heel and the bottom of your foot may thicken and crack. It can even spread to your toenails, which may become thick, yellowish and start to flake or crumble. It’s not pretty.

Will It Spread?

Direct skin-to-skin contact, walking barefoot on contaminated locker room floors, showering after or sharing shoes with someone who has Athlete’s foot is all it takes.

It’s even possible to touch something that’s contaminated and pass it to another person without actually getting Athlete’s foot yourself.  That’s because some people are just more susceptible to it. And if you’ve already had athlete’s foot, you’re at a higher risk of repeated outbreaks.

How Should I Treat Athlete's Foot?

If you have recently noticed the signs of an Athlete’s foot infection and it’s the first time you have had it, try one of the over-the-counter products for Athlete’s foot. Along with the cream, lotion or spray, here are some other important tips:

  • Stay away from infected areas! Wait till you get home from the gym to shower. (And make sure to sanitize the tub so you don’t pass it along to your partner). We suggest wearing a protected flip flop like Vionic with Orthaheel Technology.
  • Wash with antifungal soap daily. We recommend Doc Kelly's Apothecary Sea Salt Soap because it's all natural and gentle enough to use every day because it contains tea tree oil; a natural antifungal.
  • Apply an anti-fungal cream, such as MacerRx, or Athlete’s foot cream and foot powder to your feet and in between the toes before putting socks and shoes on. We carry all these products in the office.
  • Avoid wearing cotton socks, which will just hold the excessive sweat against your skin. We recommend copper thread or bamboo socks.
  • Give your shoes time to dry out by wearing different shoes every other day.
  • Sanitize shoes that you wear frequently with a Sterishoe or spray with antifungal Clarus Shoe Shield.

The Itching and Burning Keep Coming Back

If you’ve had Athlete’s foot for some time and the over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, or if this is a recurring problem, come in for an appointment.

We can prescribe medications that will clear it up.  We also offer a full line of prescription-strength products in our office to help treat this condition, plus we offer the Sterishoe as a convenience item.

If your toenails have become infected and turn yellowish and thicken, call us right away.

Toenail infections need to be treated separately from Athlete’s foot, so your cream or spray won’t help.

It can also lead to permanent damage and may spread to other parts of the body.

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Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.