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Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal skin infection known as tinea, is often caused by dermatophytes that live on the skin's surface. These fungi thrive in warm and damp places, like public swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms, which are spots that athletes often visit. While anyone can get athlete's foot because it is highly contagious, men tend to get it more than women. The fungi also live in places on the skin that are warm and moist, such as the areas between the toes where sweat collects. Athlete's foot can spread when shoes rub against the skin, creating openings for the fungus to enter. Wearing closed shoes or dirty socks on a regular basis also might make you more prone to this condition. The athlete’s foot fungus can easily be spread by touching infected skin directly or indirectly. Walking on wet floors where the fungi live or sharing towels that may be infected can spread the infection. If athlete’s foot infections are advanced, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for 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 Arthur Segall, Jr., DPM from Segall Foot and Ankle. 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 offices located in Plantation, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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