What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet, particularly the spaces between the toes. It is caused by various types of fungi, typically of the Trichophyton or Epidermophyton species. Athlete's foot is highly contagious and can be contracted through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or by walking barefoot in damp public areas.
The symptoms of athlete's foot can vary but commonly include itching, burning, redness and peeling of the skin. In some cases, small blisters or ulcers may develop. The affected skin may become dry, cracked, and painful. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the foot or toenails.
How is Athlete’s Foot Diagnosed?
Athlete's foot is typically diagnosed based on the characteristic symptoms and a physical examination of the affected area. Your podiatrist will look for signs of redness, scaling, itching and peeling of the skin between the toes or on the soles of the feet. If necessary, your podiatrist may collect a skin scraping for microscopic examination or fungal culture to confirm the presence of fungal infection and identify the specific fungus causing the condition.
Treatments for Athlete’s Foot
Nail fungus can be treated with many different therapies, including:
Our Approach to Athlete’s Foot
We believe you should be comfortable in your skin, especially the skin on your feet. By partnering with Inspira’s podiatry team at locations across South Jersey, you will find the solution and treatment that works best for you, so that you can put the pain and discomfort of Athlete’s foot behind you.