For nearly 40 years, Dr. Mark Costopoulos has enjoyed the reputation of providing exceptional podiatric services to all of his patients. He offers a full spectrum of foot care services for the entire family. Dr. Costopoulos understands that going to the doctor can be stressful for many people, so he goes out of his way to make your visit a relaxed and comfortable one. He provides Manhattan Beach athlete’s foot treatment, care for ingrown toenails, heel pain, custom orthotics, sports medicine, pediatric and geriatric foot care, diabetic foot care, bunions, hammertoes, wound care, and treatment for ankle and foot sprains and fractures. He is a well-respected podiatrist who has your best interests at heart.
Athlete’s foot is a bit of a misnomer – you don’t have to be an athlete to get this fungal infection. Athlete’s foot often results from an overgrowth of a particular fungus organism. In most cases, the areas between the toes and the arch of the foot are most often involved. Athlete’s foot may appear in different stages, each with its own presentation. In its early stage, Manhattan Beach athlete’s foot may have blisters or intense itching. In addition, there may be maceration between the toes and occasional drainage. The chronic condition is characterized more by a dry and scaly appearance and rarely itches. There seems to be some type of contagious capacity. Occasionally, an athlete’s foot condition will become infected and require more extensive therapy. The possibility of subsequent infection is probably a prime reason for treating more aggressively the earlier stage of the condition. If this condition is not addressed early, you might be facing a more serious problem which might require a more extensive treatment plan.
The treatment for Manhattan Beach athlete’s foot depends on the severity of the condition. At the first sign of an athlete’s foot condition, Dr. Costopoulos recommends a short trial period of a medicinal preparation available at the pharmacy in spray or cream varieties. Following several days use, if the condition persists, he suggests that you make an appointment to see him. If you have a lower stage infection, a stronger topical cream or gel might work. Infections between the toes are a little harder to treat because the area stays moist. This might require a gel and possibly occlusion with saran wrap at night. The vesicular form of athele’s foot is the hardest to treat. Sometime oral medication is used to jump start the treatment. The vesicular form is very contagious and you need to protect those around you. Proper diagnosis and treatment is needed to prevent these conditions from becoming more serious. If you have athlete’s foot or any other podiatric conditions, give Dr. Costopoulos a call today.