Athlete’s Foot: How to Prevent Irritating Foot Fungus

Athlete’s foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our Columbus office. Whether you’ve had it or not, it’s important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name “athlete’s foot. ” This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery for avoiding Athlete’s Foot:

– Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
– Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
– Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
– Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
– Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
– Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection


A mild case of athlete’s foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it’s always best to consult with Columbus Podiatry & Surgery before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete’s foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our Columbus office right away. Athlete’s foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you’ll be cured of your athlete’s foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!

Please visit for more information or call 614-885 FEET (3338) to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Podiatry & Surgery is located on the North side of Columbus, Ohio near Westerville, Worthington, and Powell.

By Dr. Animesh (Andy) Bhatia