Your feet have been driving you crazy for days now. You think you picked something up at the gym, and you just can’t take the constant itch anymore. But before you rush off to the drugstore, you should really find out if it’s actually athlete’s foot that’s causing your discomfort.

Here are a few of the most common athlete’s foot symptoms in Phoenixville:

  • Itching. A persistent itch is the most common side effect of athlete’s foot.
  • Burning. Skin irritation may cause your feet and toes to feel like they are on fire or stinging.
  • Scaling. The skin on your feet may feel hard or scaly when it is dry, but mushy when it is damp.
  • Flaking. The skin may flake away as a result of being broken down by the fungus.
  • Sweating. Although sweaty feet will not generate a case of athlete’s foot, the fungus cannot grow without a warm, moist environment (like the inside of your shoe).
  • Pale skin. The color of your skin may turn pale or become discolored as a result of infection.
  • Cracking. Drying out your feet will help destroy the infection but can also cause cracks in the skin between the toes and at the ball of your foot.
  • Spreading. The athlete’s foot fungus will often travel to other areas of the body, particularly those that are kept are kept hot and damp (such as the groin or armpit).

While athlete’s foot can often be helped with over-the-counter remedies, more aggressive strains can require prescription anti-fungals—and a spray won’t stop your athlete’s foot from coming back. At HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates, our Philadelphia podiatrists take a full-body approach to treating athlete’s foot, reducing your chances of suffering the condition again.

Call our Media office at 610-565-3668 or our Phoenixville office at 610-933-8644 today to set up your first consultation, or click the link on this page to receive a FREE copy of our book, The Foot is Not an Island: Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency & How to Correct It.