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What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. It's caused by various types of fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments. Athlete’s foot is commonly contracted in places such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. When the feet are exposed to these fungi, they can easily penetrate the skin, leading to the development of athlete's foot. Factors such as wearing tight or poorly ventilated shoes, sweating excessively, or having a weakened immune system can increase the risk of developing athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact with infected skin or by sharing contaminated items like towels or shoes. Symptoms of athlete's foot include itching, redness, and peeling of the skin between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, are well-equipped to diagnose and treat athlete's foot. They may offer treatments, such as antifungal medications and topical treatments to help patients find relief. If you suspect athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for prompt treatment. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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


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