Typical Fungal Infections in the Feet
The most common fungal problems in the feet are Athlete’s Foot and nail fungus. Both grow in warm, moist environments, which is why it is important to keep your feet and your socks and shoes clean and dry. Weakened immunity can also promote fungal growth, so if you are diabetic or suffer from another disorder that affects your immune system, you may be more likely to develop a fungal infection.
Athlete’s Foot affects the skin on the feet, and can make the skin scaly and itchy. It is typically easier to treat than nail fungus, but can actually spread and infect the nails as well if left untreated.
Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and it is usually best to see a podiatrist. After a certain point, over-the-counter anti-fungal creams aren’t enough to get rid of the fungus.
Adults are more likely to suffer from chronic fungal infections than children, while children suffer acute fungal infections more often.
If you suspect a fungal infection in your feet or nails, we recommend a visit to your podiatrist. You can request an appointment with our office online or call us at (888) 713-0906.