Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot

Tinea pedis, better known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, toes and sometimes hands. Athlete’s foot is closely related to ringworm and other athlete related fungal infections.


Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungus and can be contracted through direct contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces. Common ways to contract athlete’s foot include:

� Being barefoot in public locker rooms, showers or swimming areas

� Sharing shoes or towels with an infected person

� Having sweaty feet in tight fitting shoes

� Keeping your feet in a wet or moist environment for a long time


The most common symptom is a rash between the toes that causes itching, stinging and burning, but other symptoms include:

� Itchy blisters on the feet

� Cracking and peeling skin

� Dry soles of the feet

� Discolored or thick toenails

� Bacterial infection


Most cases of Athlete’s foot are treated with over-the-counter foot creams made specifically for athlete’s foot. If over-the-counter medications do not work your doctor may prescribe medication. Athlete’s foot is not serious, but if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system contact your doctor immediately if you have athlete’s foot.

Ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

� Keeping your feet dry

� Wear shower sandals in public areas

� Use talcum powder before and after activity

� Wear sandals or roomy shoes that allow moisture to escape more easily