Your dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can put together a treatment plan that can help your feet regain their health.

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What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin caused by the tinea pedis fungi. This infection typically begins between the toes, where fungi can grow quickly due to the increased moisture in the environment. Like its name, athlete’s foot often develops in athletes who wear shoes and socks which become soaked with sweat during vigorous activities such as sports play or workouts.

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What are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is characterized by red, scaly rash between the toes that causes discomfort. It often begins with the telltale itching associated with fungal infections, which can be accompanied by:

  • Blisters
  • Ulcers
  • Flaky or scaly skin
  • A burning sensation between the toes
  • Dry skin on the feet
  • Toenails lifting from the nailbed
  • Cracking or peeling of the skin on the feet

How is Athlete’s Foot Treated?

In less severe cases of athlete’s foot, your dermatologist may suggest that you treat your infection with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, ointments, or powders. If your infection does not respond to OTC methods, prescription strength anti-fungal creams or lotions may be necessary. The most severe cases may be treated by an oral anti-fungal medication.

How can I Prevent Athlete’s Foot?

In order to prevent athlete’s foot from forming, you should be sure to maintain excellent hygiene of your feet, especially during vigorous exercise. Avoid contact with other people’s towels, shoes, or socks. Take a pair of shower footwear to use in gym locker rooms to prevent contamination. You should look for socks made of breathable natural fibers, or synthetics developed to wick sweat away from the skin.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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