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Exploring Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, stealthily creeps into the lives of many, causing discomfort and irritation. The primary culprit behind this ailment is a group of fungi known as dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and moist environments. Shared spaces such as locker rooms, swimming pools, or communal showers become breeding grounds, facilitating the transmission of the infection. The symptoms of athlete's foot manifest in various ways, often starting with itching, burning, or stinging sensations between the toes. As the infection progresses, the skin may peel, crack, or develop blisters. In some cases, persistent fungal growth can lead to a distinctive, unpleasant odor. Recognizing the causes and symptoms is vital for swift intervention. If you have these symptoms of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can successfully treat this condition in addition to educating you on effective prevention methods.

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 Podiatry Inc.. 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 offices located in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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