Frequently Asked Questions on Athletes Foot

What is an atheletes foot?

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It can also spread to the toenails and the hands if not taken care of and is commonly seen in athletes. Walking barefoot in public places, such as locker rooms, is a common way of getting athlete’s foot.

How does an atheletes foot occur?

Athlete’s foot can occur when the tinea fungus grows on your feet. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with the infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus, such as floors.

Who is at the risk of an athelete''s foot?

Athlete’s foot can occur commonly in people who

  • visit public places barefoot, like locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools 
  • share socks, shoes, or towels with an infected person 
  • wear tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes 
  • keep their feet wet for long periods of time 
  • have a lot of sweat in the feet
  • have a minor skin or nail injury on the foot
What are the symptoms of athlete''s foot?
The possible symptoms may include 
  • itching, stinging, and burning between the toes 
  • itching, stinging, and burning on the soles 
  • blisters on the feet that itch 
  • cracking and peeling skin on the feet, mostly between the toes and on the soles 
  • dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
  • raw skin on the feet
  • discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails 
  • toenails that pull away from the nail bed
What is the treatment of an athlete''s foot?

Athlete’s foot can often be treated with topical antifungal medications along with prescribed oral anti-fungal medicines. Your doctor may also recommend home treatments for the infections.