Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Athletes foot is a fungal skin infection. It is more common in sports people who regularly use communal changing areas.

Athlete’s foot can easily be passed from one person to another. The fungus prefers to live in warm, moist environments.

Symptoms:

  • Cracked or extremely dry skin on the heels, soles or sides of your feet
  • Peeling, scaling or flaking skin in between the toes or on the side of your feet
  • Red, itchy skin anywhere on the feet
  • Painful burning or stinging feeling on the skin
  • Toenails which become thick, discoloured.

Although it can originate in other parts of the feet, athlete’s foot occurs most often in between the toes. If this infection goes untreated, it typically spreads to other areas of the foot and the toenails.Careful attention should be paid if you develop any of the symptoms listed above, particularly if you are already at risk of athlete’s foot. The sooner you receive treatment the less likely it is to spread.

Treatment

We advise you on the most effective treatment for your symptoms, as well as providing information about how to avoid the problem returning.

Following your treatment, simple steps to reduce athlete’s foot from recurring include;

  • Washing toes and feet daily and thoroughly drying between the toes to avoid a moist home for the fungus to thrive,
  • Changing socks daily, and alternating your footwear.
  • Wearing flip – flops when at the swimming pool or other communal wet areas is also advised.