Foot Health

Athlete's Foot

Can’t stop itching your poor feet? Got hot and sweaty toes? One of the most common, annoying foot conditions is athlete's foot. And no, you don’t have to be an athlete to get it (but feel free to imagine yourself on the Olympic podium – we won’t tell). Though often found between the fourth and fifth toes as a red and scaly rash, athlete's foot can appear anywhere on the foot. Another bummer? It’s contagious. Fortunately, it’s also easily treatable.


The most common cause of athlete's foot is perspiration, meaning everyone – not just athletes – is susceptible (kids, too). Hey, we all sweat! Wet feet trapped in closed-in shoes, socks, and hose provide the perfect environment for the athlete's foot fungus, which thrives in warm, dark, moist climates. The more time your feet spend in these wet, warm environments, the faster this pesky fungus can grow.


Do your feet itch or burn? Do they feel like they're on fire? Also called tinea pedis, athlete's foot can result in red, burning, scaly, itchy feet, and usually appears as a scaling rash. Some strains can even cause small blisters or fluid-filled vesicles to appear on inflicted areas.

Relief And Prevention:

The best way to prevent against athlete's foot? Keep your feet dry. If you do get athlete's foot, careful hygiene and the regular use of anti-fungal creams and powders should alleviate symptoms.

How do I guard against athlete's foot?

  • Wash feet with an antibacterial soap.
  • Dry feet well after showering or bathing.
  • Apply anti-fungal powders and creams to absorb excess moisture.
  • Change your socks often, especially after exercising or perspiring.
  • Wear rubber sandals when using public showers or pools, or when you go to the gym.
  • Don’t confine your feet in too-tight shoes.

If the problem persists or reoccurs on a regular basis, see a podiatrist to determine if the skin rash is due to another cause.

Keep your feet dry, wear the right shoes, and banish athlete’s foot!

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This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider on all matters relating to this or any other condition that may affect your health.

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