Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection on the skin of the feet. The infection often begins between the toes, but it can spread to the toenails, soles of the feet, and elsewhere on the body if left untreated.
Also known as tinea pedis, the fungus thrives in the dark, moist environment provided by footwear, just as it flourishes in dressing rooms, pools and showers. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include dry, itchy skin that flakes or scales, especially between the toes. The skin may blister, burn and appear inflamed.
The following precautions may prevent the discomfort of athlete’s foot:
- Do not go barefoot
- Wear sandals around public pools and in public showers
- Use foot powder to control perspiration
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe
- Change socks often to ensure your feet stay dry
- Treatment involves fungicidal medications prescribed by your podiatrist.