In this video, Piscataway podiatrist Dr. Peter Wishnie of Family Foot and Ankle Specialists discusses the common misconceptions about athlete’s foot.

One common misconception is that only athletes get athlete’s foot. However, you do not have to be an athlete to have athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is just an infection on the foot from a fungus, which leads to red, itchy, scaly skin.

The biggest thing that people say when they come to our office is, “My feet are very dry.” So what do you typically do when your feet are dry? You put more lotion and creams on them. For athlete’s foot infections, this is a problem because fungus grows in areas that are dark, warm and moist. The moist environment brings about the fungus, which dries out your skin—so then you put more moisturizer on it which brings more fungus and never goes away. 

Point being, if your feet are dry, red, scaly, and itchy and you’re trying over the counter products that aren’t working after about two weeks, you need to come in and see us so we can prescribe the proper medication to knock this out. At Family Foot and Ankle Specialists, we want to take care of you, get rid of this problem within a couple of weeks and get rid of your annoying itching. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you.

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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