Patient Education

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot, called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is often accompanied by a bacterial infection. Fungus tends to grow in a dark, moist, environment, like the inside of the shoe. Athlete's foot is often found between the toes but can also be found anywhere on the skin. It may be found on only one foot. It may or may not be itchy. It can also be found as a scaly eczema on the sole of the foot. This type often has a moccasin-type appearance. Fissuring may be present.

Treatment of athlete's foot with antifungal creams is the most common treatment. Changing shoes and socks daily and wearing an open toed shoe or sandal is also helpful. If a secondary bacterial infection is present, your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic. Athlete's foot tends to recur so it is important to protect your feet and avoid going barefoot especially at high risk environments such as locker rooms, public showers, gyms, etc. The best treatment results occur when treated early with appropriate topical and, in some cases, oral medications.