Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal skin infection of the foot. It is most commonly found in sports people, and those who spend long hours on their feet, such as those in construction, or factory workers. It can be picked up from walking around barefoot.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in footwear as it multiples in warm, moist conditions, athlete’s foot can be easily passed from person to person. Athletes foot is not necessarily harmful, but can be uncomfortable and lead to cross-contamination to other parts of the body, such as the nails and groin.
Dermatophytes (fungus) causing athlete's foot infections require keratin ( a protein found in the skin) to multiple. The dermatophytes responsible for causing 90% of athlete's foot infection are:
Athlete’s foot may lead to a rash, causing itching and red discolouration, small blisters, or cracked areas of peeling areas of skin on the foot. It is most commonly found in between the toes, but can occur on any part of the foot, or all over both feet. Athletes foot infection do not always show symptoms and many people present to podiatry clinics not knowing they have one. Infections can range from mild to severe, and can affect one or both feet. If not treated early, athlete’s foot may spread to the toenail, causing yellowing and thickening of the nail (fungal nail infection), which is much harder to treat.
Those who may subject their feet to the warm, moist environments that the infection thrives in, increase their risk of developing a infection, these include those who:
Athlete’s foot is usually easily treated; topical antifungal medications are an effective treatment method when carried out properly. Antifungal remedies can be purchased from a podiatrist, pharmacy or on prescription from your GP.
Podiatrist intervention will benefit those with athletes foot, a thorough assessment will be conducted to highlight factors that may be contributing to the infection. Podiatrists will be able to make a personal management plan to treat the infection and offer advice on how to reduce your risk of it reoccurring in the future.
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