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Causes and Prevention of Athlete’s Foot

It is easy to pick up an athlete’s foot infection, even if you are not an athlete. This annoying skin infection, termed tinea pedis, is caused by a fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments. The most likely places to become infected with athlete’s foot are swimming pools, showering areas, and gym locker rooms. If you share a showering area or towel with someone who has athlete’s foot, the risk of becoming infected increases, as the fungus is highly contagious. Athlete’s foot is easy to recognize. The skin between the toes or on the bottom of the foot is likely to become itchy, and scaly, and may form blisters. Avoid touching the area with your bare hands as the infection can easily spread to other body parts. To prevent contracting athlete’s foot, wear protective shoes at pools, public showers and locker areas. Keep your feet clean and dry. Don’t share towels. If a case of athlete’s foot becomes severe, has spread, or recurs, it is suggested you see a podiatrist for treatment options.  

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 one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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