Athlete's Foot Specialists

Bay Area Foot Care -  - Podiatry

Bay Area Foot Care

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in San Francisco, San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek & San Leandro, CA

Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that affects between 3-15% of the population at any given time. Though common, the condition can cause itching, burning, or stinging sensations and is also highly contagious. At Bay Area Foot Care, the expert podiatrists specialize in the treatment of athlete’s foot using safe, conservative measures of care. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Athlete's Foot Q & A

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that typically develops between your toes. While anyone can develop athlete's foot, it’s especially common in people with sweaty feet or who wear tight shoes with little room to breathe. 

The condition is closely related to other fungal infections, including ringworm and jock itch, and although uncomfortable, it’s also relatively easy to treat. 

What are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot affects everyone differently. However, there are certain signs to watch out for. These include a scaly, red rash on your feet and between your toes, the formation of blisters and ulcers, and dry or scaly skin that develops on the soles and sides of your feet. 

If you pick or scratch at the infection, it can also spread to your hands or other parts of your body. Athlete’s foot can affect one or both feet. 

When Should I See a Podiatrist Regarding Athlete’s Foot?

Some cases of athlete’s foot respond to over-the-counter antifungal lotions and ointments. However, if your rash continues to spread, or your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, or you have recurrent athlete’s foot infections, it’s important to seek professional help at Bay Area Foot Care.

If you have diabetes and develop athlete’s foot, you should also make an appointment at Bay Area Foot Care. Diabetes affects your circulation and increases your risk of developing a bacterial infection. 

Common symptoms that may point to a more serious infection include redness, drainage, fever, and swelling. 

Are There Any Factors that Increase My Risk of Athlete’s Foot?

Yes. You’re more likely to develop athlete’s foot if:

  • You’re male
  • You frequently wear ill-fitting shoes
  • You share shoes or socks with others


You’re also more likely to experience athlete’s foot if you walk around barefoot in public facilities like locker rooms, swimming pools, or saunas.

How is Athlete’s Foot Treated?

If you have a case of athlete’s foot that’s mild, your doctor might recommend an over-the-counter ointment or powder. 

However, if you’ve already tried this type of treatment with no change in your symptoms, prescription-strength medications may be necessary. Bay Area Foot Care offers both antifungal creams and oral medications to combat more serious infections. 

If you’ve tried various methods of care to relieve your athlete’s foot with no luck, it’s time to seek the help of a podiatrist. Make an appointment at Bay Area Foot Care by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.