Athlete’s foot most commonly begins between the toes (usually fourth and fifth toe) and can spread to the rest of the foot or other parts of the body if left untreated. Despite the name, Athlete’s foot is not just for athlete’s feet. It is one of the most common skin conditions affecting 3 of 4 adults over their lifetime1.
Common symptoms of Athlete’s Foot:
- Itchy feet and toes
- Scaly, cracked or peeling skin
- Inflamed, sore and red skin
- Thick and cracking skin on the bottom or heel of your foot
So how does Athlete’s Foot occur?
- The skin of the foot breaks down, often due to being in shoes all day.
- The fungi which causes Athletes Foot (dermatophytes) enter via these weak spots and begin to break down the surrounding skin.
Common places to pick up Athlete’s Foot
Common places to pick up an Athlete’s foot infection include communal change rooms, swimming pools or showers, as well as sharing towels. Although mainly a condition of the feet, the fungi causing Athlete’s foot can spread to other areas of the body, such as the groin or toenails.
Athlete’s foot won't go away on its own, but treatment is easy. Head to your pharmacy at the first appearance of symptoms.
Reference: 1. Brooks KE et al. Clin Podiatr Med Surg 1996.