Tinea Pedis, most frequently known as Athlete’s Foot, occurs when fungi grow on the feet and cause a skin infection. It is a common condition among athletes and children, but it can affect anyone. Certain areas offer prime conditions for fungi to grow like change rooms, swimming pools, and showers. Sweaty feet that spend all day in shoes are more likely to contract the condition than dry feet. Symptoms for Athletes foot include:
- Itchy, dry, or scaly feet
- Cracked skin
Not only is this condition annoying due to excessive itching but if not treated a bacterial infection could set in and possibly spread to the toenails. Keeping feet dry will decrease chances of fungi growth, so changing your socks frequently is a good idea. Socks made of natural fibers are best. Avoid walking barefoot in public showers at the gym, around the pool, or anywhere else the conditions are warm and damp. Most of the time, over the counter (OTC) anti-fungal powders, sprays, or creams will treat Athlete’s Foot. Your podiatrist can correctly diagnose and outline an appropriate treatment plan.