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What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, affects the skin of the feet and thrives in warm, damp environments such as sweaty socks and communal showers. The primary cause is the fungus trichophyton, which spreads through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or through contact with infected individuals. The signs and symptoms of athlete's foot vary, but often include itching, burning sensations, and redness between the toes or on the soles of the feet. In some cases, blisters or cracked skin may develop, leading to discomfort and pain. If left untreated, athlete's foot can spread to other areas of the body and cause secondary infections. Proper hygiene practices, such as keeping the feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, may help to prevent athlete's foot. Early recognition and management are key to resolving athlete's foot and preventing its recurrence. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can provide you with the necessary medication for relief and treatment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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