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Causes and Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. It thrives in warm, moist environments, such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. This condition is caused by various types of fungi, primarily belonging to the dermatophyte group. Symptoms of athlete's foot include itching, burning, and stinging sensations, frequently between the toes or on the soles of the feet. As the infection progresses, the skin may become red, cracked, and blistered. In severe cases, it can lead to the development of painful ulcers or secondary bacterial infections. Athlete's foot is extremely contagious and can spread through direct contact with infected surfaces or by sharing contaminated items like towels or shoes. Practicing good foot hygiene, wearing breathable footwear, and keeping feet dry can help prevent the occurrence of this bothersome condition. If you have developed this ailment, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who will often prescribe medication for relief and healing.

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 Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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