Athlete's foot, sometimes referred to as Tinea Pedia, is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes, but it can also affect other areas of the feet.
The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and moist environment that encourages fungus growth. Not all fungus conditions are athlete's foot.
Other conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, may mimic athlete's foot.
The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term "athlete's foot" became popular.
Athlete's foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body by those who scratch the infection and then touch elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete's foot may persist for long periods.
It is easy to prevent athlete's foot by practicing good foot hygiene.
When its time to see the Podiatrist
If you have tried over the counter creams and you still experience peeling, itchy feet, its time to call your podiatrist.