Although more likely to be seen by a podiatrist, athletes foot will present to a chiropractor or physiotherapist and simple recommendations are usually effective to relieve symptoms and alleviate concern. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), use evidence based clinical guidelines with all recommendation for both athletic population and the general public.
Causes of athletes foot
The cause of athletes foot is a fungus called trichophyton, which is a fungus that thrives in moist and warm environments. It commonly affects the toes, the spaces between them and the soles of the feet. Athletes foot is contagious, though only in conditions where the fungus can thrive. It can be caught through socks and changing room floors.
Symptoms of athletes foot
Symptoms of athletes foot includes:
- Itching and/or burning skin
- Peeling or flaking skin
- Dry and discoloured skin
- Cracking and bleeding (more severe cases).
To treat the infection of athletes foot, anti-fungal creams and powders are recommended by our chiropractors and physiotherapists and can be purchased at your local pharmacist. Some cases may require oral anti-fungal medication, which is prescribed by a general practitioner.
To prevent athletes foot it is important to make the environment undesirable by keeping the foot area clean and dry. Our Sydney chiropractors and physiotherapists suggest you can do this by:
- Wearing breathable shoes that are made from natural materials
- Drying feet thoroughly after wetting the feet in the shower, bath etc.
- When showering or using communal areas, wear thongs
- Change your socks regularly.
Although the chiropractors and physiotherapists can give you these recommendations on how to identify and avoid Athletes foot. We do not give specific treatments for this condition and will refer you to your podiatrist or general practitioner for more attention and treatment.