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3 Types of Athlete’s Foot

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

A rash seen on the skin of the foot may indicate that athletes’ foot has developed. It is a fungal infection, and common symptoms can include itchiness and peeling and is generally uncomfortable. The fungus that causes this condition lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, such as shower room floors, public swimming pools, and similar areas. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of places, and these can be flip flops or water shoes. Athlete’s foot can be divided into three categories. A moccasin-type infection can begin with soreness in the foot, followed by the skin on the heel becoming thickened. If the infection is between the fourth and fifth toes, it could mean a toe web infection has started, and may be accompanied by a bacterial infection. Blisters can be a sign of a vesicular infection and can appear anywhere on the foot. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which type it is and offer correct treatment solutions.

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 Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. 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 one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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