Athlete’s foot — also called tinea pedis — is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tightfitting shoes.
Athlete’s foot isn’t serious, but sometimes it’s hard to cure. However, if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and suspect that you have athlete’s foot, you should call your doctor immediately.
Factors that increase your risk of getting athlete’s foot include:
Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.
Treatment athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) depends on its type and severity. Most cases of athlete’s foot can be treated at home using an antifungal medicine to kill the fungus or slow its growth. If the treatment doesn’t respond, you may need a prescription-strength medication to apply to your feet. Severe infections may require antifungal pills that you take by mouth.
There are a lot of treatments available at Dr. foot for fungal infections which include everything from over the counter creams, right through to prescription medications.
A cleansing regimen. A good podiatrist will discuss how to keep future infections at bay through lifestyle changes, such as keeping your feet clean and dry on a daily basis.