Athlete's Foot Specialist

Michfoot Surgeons PC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Southfield, MI

Whether or not you’re an athlete, athlete’s foot can strike anyone who’s exposed to the fungal infection and cause nagging, and sometimes, serious problems, if it isn’t treated properly. As experienced podiatrists, Randy Leff, DPM, and Kevin Sorensen, DPM, of Michfoot Surgeons PC have the tools necessary to banish athlete’s foot, once and for all, bringing relief to patients in Southfield, Michigan. For more information, call or use the online scheduler.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot, which is medically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that gets in between your toes. The reason the condition is known as athlete’s foot is because the fungal organisms love nothing more than damp, sweaty environments (think socks, damp towels, and locker rooms). That said, anyone who’s exposed to the contagious fungus can develop the condition, athlete or not.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot can present itself in many ways, but the most common symptoms of the condition include:

  • A scaly rash in between your toes
  • Painful cracks that develop under your toes
  • Itching
  • Excessive dryness on the soles of your feet

Athlete’s foot can start in between two toes and quickly travel to your other toes if left untreated.

Is athlete’s foot dangerous?

For most people, athlete’s foot doesn’t pose a serious health risk, but the infection can spread and even affect your hands if you pick at or scratch your toes.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, namely diabetes, which affects the health of your feet, athlete’s foot can be incredibly serious. Any condition that potentially leads to open wounds is cause for concern for diabetics, which is why you should seek help at Michfoot Surgeons PC at the first signs of trouble.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Either Dr. Leff or Dr. Sorensen first examines your feet to confirm the presence of athlete’s foot. They may take a scraping of your skin for closer study and also to rule out other causes of your problem, such as psoriasis or eczema.

Once they know they’re dealing with athlete’s foot, they typically recommend:

  • Antifungal ointments, sprays, or powders
  • Antifungal pills for persistent or advanced cases
  • At-home care, including keeping your feet clean and dry

Again, if you’re diabetic, there’s a different standard of care when it comes to dealing with foot health problems, and athlete’s foot is no exception. Your doctor works diligently to prevent the fungal infection from progressing and creating any open wounds.

For expert treatment of athlete’s foot, call Michfoot Surgeons PC, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.