Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the
feet. It is also known as tinea pedis or ringworm of the foot.
Athlete's foot is an extremely common skin
disorder with 70% people developing the infection at some time during their
One does not have to be an athlete to get
athlete's foot. Anyone who wears moist shoes for long time can get it. The fungus
that causes it thrives in the warm and moist conditions found in most
shoes. It affects the sole of the feet but can spread to other parts of the
body including the palm or groin, specially the scrotum of men. This condition
is called jock itch
Cracked, flaking and peeling skin between the
toes or side of the foot
is the most common symptom of athlete’s foot.
30-40% infections resolve without any treatment.
plays an important role in managing an athlete's foot infection.
Keeping feet and footwear as dry as possible and avoiding sharing towels etc.,
aids in the prevention of primary infection. Antifungal creams or powders
help control the infection.