Foot Fungus Specialist

South Alamo Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists located in San Antonio, TX, Beeville, TX, Carrizo Springs, TX, Pearsall, TX, & Pleasanton, TX

Foot fungus is a common but annoying problem that’s relatively easy to treat. If you’ve tried over-the-counter medications without seeing an improvement in your symptoms, seek professional help. At South Alamo Foot & Ankle, Kris Ford, DPM, Jonathan Lorenzana, DPM, and the team use advanced treatments to safely eradicate foot fungus. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Texas, click the scheduling tool or call the office today.

Foot Fungus Q&A

What is foot fungus?

Foot fungus, or athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection that affects the skin of your feet. It typically forms between your toes and causes your skin to peel, flake off, and itch.

Foot fungus is highly contagious, so it’s important you don’t share shoes, socks, or towels with others if you have it. The condition usually responds to over-the-counter lotions and ointments, but if your symptoms persist, contact the team at South Alamo Foot & Ankle.

What are the symptoms of foot fungus?

Symptoms of foot fungus include:

  • Peeling skin
  • Itchy, red skin between your toes
  • Inflamed skin that’s purple or red
  • Burning or stinging
  • Blisters

As the fungal infection spreads, you might also experience dry, scaly skin that runs up the sides of your foot. 

When should I see a podiatrist about foot fungus?

If you develop a rash on your feet that doesn’t respond to OTC ointments or lotions, book an appointment at South Alamo Foot & Ankle. You should also visit the practice if you have diabetes. Without treatment, foot fungus may increase the risk of serious complications.

Who is at risk of foot fungus?

Anyone can develop foot fungus, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Wearing shoes without proper ventilation
  • Sweating heavily
  • Sharing socks, shoes, or towels with others
  • Walking barefoot in public areas, like saunas or swimming pools

Foot fungus can also increase the risk of fungal infections in other parts of your body, such as jock itch. 

How is foot fungus diagnosed?

To diagnose foot fungus, your South Alamo Foot & Ankle provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet and toes. Most cases of foot fungus are easy to diagnose through observation. Still, your provider might take a sample of skin and send it to a laboratory for further analysis. 

How is foot fungus treated?

At South Alamo Foot & Ankle, the team treats foot fungus using prescription-strength ointments and lotions. If you have a serious infection, you might also benefit from oral antifungal drugs.

To reduce the risk of a recurrence, it’s also important to:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Change socks daily
  • Wear shoes that are well-ventilated
  • Avoid scratching or picking at your feet

Don’t let foot fungus affect your quality of life. To receive treatment, book an appointment at South Alamo Foot & Ankle by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.