Now that the kids are back in school and back in gym classes, they are likely to bring home unwanted foot problems. Both athlete’s foot and plantar warts are contagious skin ailments which flourish in the warm, moist environment of the locker room floor and in the equally warm, moist atmosphere of a sneakered foot. Athlete’s foot or Tinea Pedis is caused by a fungus. In early stages, fluid filled blisters occur on the soles or sides of the feet or in between the toes. Later, these areas develop red, dry, scaly cracks and fissures. Secondary infections are common and can be dangerous. Plantar warts look like small calluses on the soles of the foot, but have dark, hard centers. They are caused by a virus and are similar to the raised warts which can develop elsewhere. The pressure of walking drives them inward, causing severe pain. The podiatrist can treat both of these conditions.

Committed to the health of your feet, podiatric medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and ankle problems such as athlete’s foot and plantar warts. If you or your family notices the symptoms of mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters, it’s time to turn to a professional for an accurate diagnosis. Family Foot and Ankle Care offers complete podiatric care for all members of your family.

Dr. Marc Fink

To prevent such problems,keep feet clean and dry. Avoid going barefoot


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