What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is the common term for tinea pedis, a fungal infection of the skin on the foot.
Athlete's foot results from fungus on the foot. Fungal infections on the foot are common because of the environment created by shoes. Fungus thrives in warm, moist, dark places, so shoes are the ideal place for fungus.
Athlete's foot is commonly contracted in wet public areas, such as pools, gym showers and locker rooms. This is why we use the term Athlete's foot, because these areas a usually frequented by athletes. Athlete's foot infection occur more frequently in warm summer months.
Athlete's foot usually appears as dry, scaly patches on the bottom of the foot, as well as between the toes. These patches are itchy and easily irritated. Blisters and cracks may appear on advanced cases of athlete's foot. In some cases these can lead to a bacterial infection.
Avoid walking barefoot in wet common areas such as pools, spas, showers and locker rooms. Take care to keep feet dry, especially if you suffer from sweaty feet. Changing socks throughout the day as well as sprays and powders can aid in keeping feet dry. Over the counter antifungal creams, powders and sprays are a common treatment for minor infections. For more advanced cases your podiatrist may prescribe stronger medications.