When most people notice that they have symptoms that are consistent with athlete's foot, they visit their local pharmacy to pick up a tube of ointment. While attempting to treat this condition on your own has some advantages, you also shouldn't hesitate to seek help from a foot care expert. Your local podiatrist can be an asset if you suffer from athlete's foot. If you're at a point where you need help from a professional, call the clinic to explain your situation. There's a good chance that the podiatrist will be able to see you promptly. Here are some times to seek help from a podiatrist for athlete's foot. 

It Doesn't Go Away

Most cases of athlete's foot will go away in a short amount of time when you treat them with ointment from your local pharmacy. While the exact amount of time it takes for this issue to clear up will depend on several factors, you should see a marked improvement once you begin to treat the problem. There can be times, however, when you don't see any signs that your athlete's foot is getting better. This is a good time to reach out to a podiatrist for help. They'll be able to assess the situation and determine what additional steps may be necessary.

Extreme Discomfort

Athlete's foot isn't pleasant, but most people don't find that it's unbearable. For example, most cases cause an itch and while that can be a nuisance, it doesn't severely affect your quality of life. There can be times,  however, in which you're contending with an extreme level of discomfort for one or more reasons—including the possibility that you have an underlying health issue that exacerbates your athlete's foot symptoms. If you're in considerable pain, contact a podiatrist promptly.

Frequent Flare-Ups

Some people experience athlete's foot once or twice, going months or even years between flare-ups. For other people, it can seem as though a new recurrence of athlete's foot appears just days or weeks after the previous one has disappeared. If you feel as though you're constantly in a cycle of dealing with athlete's foot, it's a good idea to get professional help. It's highly possible that you're doing things that make a flare-up more likely, and your podiatrist can make some recommendations that will help you.

For more information, look online to find a podiatry clinic in your area that is accepting new patients.