Itchy, sore, split skin between the toes?
Most people would instantly recognise these symptoms as Athlete’s foot, or to give it its medical term – Tinea Pedis. This common condition, can affect anyone. It particularly affects less sporty people, including those with poorer circulation, as the condition of the skin in these people makes it less able to mount an immune response to opportunistic infection.
Diabetics and those on medication that affects the immune system are also more likely sufferers. The good news is that it is usually easy to treat with simple over the counter antifungal medication applied to the skin, footwear and hosiery for best results. However, not all presentations are like this… Dry, scaly skin, around the borders and sole of the foot, occasionally with small pimples, is often another presentation of Athlete’s foot. This ‘moccasin’ presentation of the condition is often mistakenly considered by the sufferer to be dry skin, often due to the length of time it may have been present and the less recognisable presentation, which may not show signs of the infection between the toes. Unfortunately, this type of Athlete’s foot seldom improves, with the use of moisturisers and emollients, often leaving the sufferer confused and frustrated about the lack of improvement in their long term ‘dry’ skin.
To make matters worse, chronic Athlete’s foot is a leading cause of fungal nail infections, as the fungus responsible can eventually invade the nails. Fungal nail infections are notoriously difficult to cure, so identifying a skin infection that could lead to one is important.
So, have a close look at your dry skin. Have you considered that it could be Athlete’s foot? Often, as Podiatrists we can quickly identify this condition and get you on the path to a long term resolution.
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