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Athlete’s Foot Infections

Athlete's foot is a common and highly contagious fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of the tinea fungus. While not typically serious, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. This fungus thrives in warm, moist, and airless environments, making it more likely to spread in places like public changing rooms and showers. Symptoms of athlete's foot include an itchy and scaly rash, blisters, cracked skin, and in some cases, changes to the toenails. To prevent this condition, wear shoes that fit well and are breathable, change them regularly, and avoid sharing towels. For self-care, use topical antifungal treatments like sprays, liquids, or powders and follow the instructions carefully. Continue treatment even after symptoms disappear to eradicate the fungus completely. If these treatments fail or the infection becomes severe, it is wise to consult a podiatrist. This is especially important if you experience pain, redness, or have underlying conditions, such as diabetes or a weakened immune system. For help with problems caused by athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

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 Lakeside Foot and Ankle Center. Our practitioners 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 offices located in Leesburg and The Villages, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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