Athletes Foot Infection

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.


Causes

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.


Symptoms

  • Dry-looking skin
  • Itching and burning between the toes, which may increase as the infection spreads to other parts of the feet
  • Scaling or peeling skin
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Blisters, which often lead to cracking or peeling skin to the feet and toes. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, which may cause swelling.

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. 


Prevention

It is easy to prevent athlete's foot by practicing good foot hygiene. 

  • Wash feet daily with soap and water; dry carefully, especially between the toes
  • Avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes in public showers.
  • Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder
  • Wear light and airy shoes
  • Change shoes and socks regularly to decrease moisture
  • Wear synthetic blend socks that wick away moisture, and change them frequently if you perspire heavily

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.