Athlete’s foot, also known as Tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is caused by a type of fungus called dermatophytes and is highly contagious. Fungus can be contracted through direct contact with an infected person or by coming into contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with the fungus, such as shower floors, locker rooms, and swimming pools.
Symptoms of tinea pedis include itching, scaling, burning, and cracking of the skin between the toes.
Follow these 4 tips to prevent athlete’s foot:
- Wash your feet daily with soap and keep them dry (a soap with antifungal ingredients would be the best)
- Wear clean socks
- Use an antimicrobial or antifungal shoe spray to eliminate fungus in footwear
- Protect your feet when walking barefoot in public areas by wearing sandals or flip-flops
- If your feet sweat a lot, use an antifungal powder or spray to help keep them dry
While there are many over-the-counter products to help treat athlete’s feet, a prescription cream or more effective treatment are sometimes necessary. If you feel that the infection is not improving, visit a chiropodist/foot specialist to discuss better treatment options for you.