Athlete’s Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters on and between the toes. Athlete’s Foot can spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.
- Do not walk barefoot, particularly in public pools and locker rooms.
- Reduce foot perspiration by using talcum powder.
- Wear light and airy shoes.
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change them frequently if you perspire heavily.
While fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals are commonly used to treat Athlete’s Foot problems, they often fail to kill the fungi in the lower layers of the skin and these conditions can recur. For persistent Athlete’s Foot, testing may need to be done to determine the cause and prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed. Other skin conditions can look very similar to athlete’s foot and our doctors can evaluate and perform testing to determine the cause and recommend the best treatment. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.