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Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection of the foot caused by dermatophytes. This infection thrives in warm, moist environments and is often the result of coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, like locker room floors. Symptoms include scaling, peeling skin, and redness between the toes. Other symptoms of athlete’s foot are blistering and itching. If left untreated, athlete's foot can lead to secondary bacterial infections or allergic reactions, particularly in individuals with a compromised immune system or diabetes. Prevention involves maintaining good foot hygiene, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding sharing personal items, like shoes or towels. If you suspect you have athlete's foot or experience severe symptoms like excessive redness, swelling, or pus, it's essential to seek prompt medical attention from a podiatrist. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend an advanced treatment plan to alleviate complications. For help in dealing with a stubborn athlete’s foot infection, It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

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 Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. 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 Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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