With the start of the New Year, a lot of people will be joining the gym and not realize that their newest gym buddy might be Athlete’s Foot.  The most common signs of  Athlete’s Foot are itchy, peeling feet.  At Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in Wappingers Falls, NY, we notice an increase in athletes foot at this time of year. Here are some common questions that our patients ask:

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot is a contagious fungal infection that grows on or in the top layer of skin.  It can be itchy and/or cause blisters, and it makes your skin look scaly or flaky. It is sometimes called moccasin foot (in this type, the rash covers your foot the same way that a moccasin shoe would) or ringworm of the foot.

Here is a picture of how Athlete’s foot commonly looks:

Who can get Athlete’s Foot?

People who’s feet sweat a lot are more likely to get Athlete’s foot.  However, Athlete’s foot can affect anyone; even people who are not athletes!

How do you get Athlete’s Foot?

The fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot likes to live in warm moist environments such as the floor of the gym locker rooms, showers, dressing rooms, or at public pools.  The fungus gets on your feet when you walk barefoot, and when you put your shoes on, it grows and multiplies, causing the infection.

What are the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

There are different types of Athlete’s Foot, and your symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Cracked, scaly, peeling skin in between your toes
  • Itching and peeling
  • Several sudden fluid filled blisters under the skin, usually on the bottom of the foot

Can I treat my Athlete’s Foot at home?

If you think you have an Athlete’s Foot infection, you can try 2 weeks of at home care.  Make sure you clean your feet daily with mild soap and warm water, and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.  Make sure you are using a separate towel for your feet, and change it frequently, along with your socks and bed sheets.

When do I need to see my Podiatrist for my Athlete’s Foot?

If you do not see any improvement in your feet after following the above instructions, it is time to see your Podiatrist.  Some cases of Athlete’s Foot are very difficult to treat and get rid of, and can spread to other parts of your body easily including your toenails, armpits, and groin.  If left untreated, some cases of Athlete’s Foot can get infected with bacteria, causing an even bigger problem.

Don’t ignore Athlete’s Foot.  Request an appointment online with Dr. Schlam at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in Wappingers Falls, NY or by phone at (845) 298-9074.

By David Schlam




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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

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Wonderful staff (warm and inviting). Clean office. Dr. G is knowledgeable and listened to me. He knew 3 ways to help my situation and I know that I will feel better under his care and instructions. I recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists!

- S.G.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
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