Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Part of: Ringworm (Tinea)
About Athlete’s Foot
Many people will have athlete’s foot at some time throughout their life. It is usually the gaps between the toes that are affected. Athlete’s foot can normally be treated effectively with creams available from the pharmacy. To prevent athlete’s foot from developing at all, it is important to keep your feet dry.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is particularly common between the little toe and the adjacent toe. The fungus can cause the skin to redden and crack. The affected areas flake and may become itchy. The skin can also turn white and thicken and is often slightly swollen.
If the infection spreads across the sole of the foot it is referred to as moccasin athlete’s foot. The soles of the feet, the heels and the edges of the feet are then dry, scaly and may be itchy. Moccasin athlete’s foot is sometimes mistaken for other conditions such as dermatitis.