Athlete's Foot Treatment in New Jersey
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons can help patients in the Cedar Knolls, NJ area diagnose and effectively treat the fungal infection causing athlete’s foot.
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that primarily affects the feet, and usually in the top layer of skin. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and easily spread by touching the skin of an individual who has it, or by coming into contact with a surface containing the infection, such as a swimming pool or public shower.
Signs & Symptoms
- Redness between the toes
- Peeling of the bottom of the foot
- Dry and flaky skin
Once the infection takes place:
- Toe web infections will cause scaly skin to appear between the fourth and fifth toes.
- Moccasin type infections can lead to thick skin on the bottom of your feet that becomes painful and cracked.
- The infection can even spread to your toenails.
- A third type of athlete’s foot, known as vesicular type infection, can cause fluid-filled blisters.
Benefits of Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Although athlete’s foot is the most common type of fungal skin infection, it can cause a good amount of pain, especially if left untreated, and a great deal of inconvenience. As such, some of the most common benefits associated with treating your athlete’s foot are:
- Reduced pain and tenderness at the site of infection.
- Reduced swelling and oozing from sores.
- The ability to participate in sports activities, without having to worry about passing your athlete’s foot on to someone else.
How is Treatment for Athlete’s Foot Performed?
A podiatrist will carefully examine your feet and ask questions about your medical history. The doctor will also examine your toenails for signs of infection. If you have a condition such as diabetes that causes your feet to be prone to infections such as athlete’s foot, your podiatrist will closely monitor you throughout the treatment process.
Treatment depends on the extent and severity of your athlete’s foot infection.
- You may need to apply a prescription ointment to your feet one or more times each day.
- For severe athlete’s foot infections, you may also receive a prescription for an oral anti-fungal medication.
- If diabetes is worsening your athlete’s foot infection, you may need to monitor your blood sugar levels more closely or to take additional medications to promote normal blood sugar levels.
When an athlete’s foot infection has penetrated your toenails, the podiatrist may provide you with a prescription nail polish or ointment specifically for use on your toenails.
Preparing for Athlete’s Foot Treatment
If you have a rash on your foot that does not improve within a few weeks, seek help.
Your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons physician will likely be able to diagnose your athlete’s foot very quickly, which can put you on the road to healing as fast as possible.
Since most treatments involve over the counter medications, there typically are not many preparations to follow, other than remembering to apply the medication as directed.
However, in more severe cases, your doctor might prescribe stronger medications.
Athlete’s Foot Treatment Recovery
Because of how common it is and its mild to moderate symptoms, recovering from your athlete’s foot treatment often entails monitoring the infection for signs of improvement.
What Makes Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons Unique
Motivated in taking on complex challenges, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
How Much Does Athlete’s Foot Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!