Fungal infections are common in the feet because the combination of socks and shoes create a warm and dark environment which encourages fungal infections thrive. Many people obtain fungal infections from warm and damp areas near swimming pools, showers, and locker room which allow for fungus grow and flourish.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin. Patients suffering from athlete’s foot or Tinea Pedis complain of dry, itchy, burning, scaly feet that often lead to inflammation and blistering. Athlete’s foot presents on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. It can easily lead to toenails infections (Onychomycosis).
It is important to seek treatment for fungal infections when they first present because they can spread to other parts of the body, such as the groin and underarms. Fungal infections can also be contagious and can spread to other individuals.
Typically dry and itchy feet are the result of fungal infection, however it can also be the cause of other foot conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis and only mimic a fungal infection. If you are suffering from itchy dry feet, please make an appointment to be evaluated by the doctors at Progressive Foot Care.