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I had an infection between my toes, but it looks a lot better now. Can I stop taking the medicine my Philadelphia doctor prescribed for athlete’s foot?

No! There are many reasons you should continue taking your medication for athlete’s foot for as long as it was prescribed, including:

  • Contagion. As you’ve probably realized, athlete’s foot is highly contagious. Even if you think your infection is cleared up, you may easily give it to someone else by sharing shoes or walking in a public area in your bare feet.
  • Recurrence. Your condition may look and feel as though it’s completely gone, but as long as fungus is still present it can regrow and come back—meaning you’ll probably need treatment all over again.
  • Avoiding a chronic condition. A good foot and ankle doctor in Philadelphia should not only prescribe medication, but also help you understand how you can prevent similar infections in the future. Our Phoenixville podiatrists will give you hygiene tips and suggest home treatments if you see the signs of another infection.

At Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates, we provide comprehensive care for our patients, including treatment for temporary and chronic ailments, lifestyle tips, and corrective procedures that will literally get you back on your feet. We have two locations in Philadelphia, making it convenient for all of our patients to get the care they need.

Call us at 610-565-3668 for a consultation at our Media office or 610-933-8644 for our Phoenixville office. You can also click the link on this page to order our FREE book The Foot Is Not an Island: Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency & How to Correct It.