Tinea pedis, also commonly referred to as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection that occurs in the skin of the feet. Fungus grows well in dark, warm and moist locations. Unfortunately our shoes are the perfect host environment for these types of infections to flourish. Our feet are subject to repeated contamination and exposure to these organisms, resulting in skin infections of varying severity.
The fungal infection can be cured with a topical or oral medication prescription from your foot and ankle specialist. Many over-the-counter treatments exist, but typically a prescription medication works best. The location and severity of the infection dictate the treatment used. Prevention of the infection is possible if proper steps are taken. One method of prevention involves using the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer. This is the only clinically proven product that safely and effectively sanitizes the inside of shoes by using germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) light. The SteriShoe sanitizer safely and effectively kills microorganisms in your shoes, so your feet have a clean place to enjoy the day. JCMG Podiatry has this product available for our patients.