Athlete's Foot Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

Pain and itchiness from athlete’s foot can become so severe that your feet become raw and tender. Before your athlete’s foot gets worse, see how the caring podiatrists at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, can help. Book your athlete’s foot evaluation online or over the phone today.

Athletes Foot Q & A

Why do I have athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, develops because of a fungal infection. The fungal organisms enter your feet through weakened spots, such as a cut or abrasion. You can come into contact with the fungi by:

  • Walking barefoot in a gym locker or on a pool deck
  • Sharing socks or shoes with someone who’s infected
  • Using a contaminated towel or washcloth

Plus, once you’ve had athlete’s foot, your likelihood of developing it again is much higher, especially if you’re always wearing sweaty socks and shoes. Because athlete’s foot is highly contagious, it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and seek medical attention if you suspect you have an infection.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot can vary from mild to severe. But the top complaint men and women have is severe itchiness between their toes. As athlete’s foot progresses, you may experience:

  • Redness or tenderness
  • Dry, scaly, flaky rash
  • Blisters or ulcers
  • Raw skin

You can have athlete’s foot in one or both of your feet, and it can even spread as high up as your ankles. Additionally, if you scratch it or touch the rash without immediately washing your hands, you can spread the infection to other areas of your body. The specialized podiatrists at the practice of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. offer plenty of effective athlete’s foot treatments, so you can get relief right away.

How is athlete’s foot treated?

Your athlete’s foot treatment plan will depend on the severity of your symptoms. It’s common for the team at Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. to provide several types of treatments for faster, more effective results. Treating athlete’s foot may include:

  • Anti-itch powders or sprays
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • Prescription-strength antifungal creams

Your dedicated podiatrist will also counsel you on lifestyle changes you can make to prevent spreading athlete’s foot and to decrease your risk of suffering outbreaks. Schedule your athlete’s foot exam online or over the phone with Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. today.