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What You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedi is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of skin on the foot, especially when it is warm, moist, or irritated. The fungus causing this infection is called Trichophyton, and it’s usually found on floors and in clothing. Athlete’s foot typically occurs between the toes or on the soles of the feet. It can cause burning, stinging, redness, cracking, and itching. Some people also find that their skin flakes. If open sores develop, this may cause a bacterial infection. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, so it is important not to share shoes, socks, or any items that touch the affected area with others. Do not walk barefoot while being in locker room areas, near pools, or communal shower areas. Make sure the feet have enough room to breathe in shoes made of leather or canvas. This may help to avoid ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive when the toes are squeezed together. Athlete’s foot can be treated and it is suggested to see a chiropodist for treatment options.

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 


The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet

  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet

  • Scaly, red rash on the foot

  • Blisters 

  • Foul odor


Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 


Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day

  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas

  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others

  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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