Definition: dermatophyte infection of the soles of the feet and the interdigital spaces
Medical terminology: Tinea pedis
What is Athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the feet. Fungus and/or bacteria grow in the shoes and on the feet producing an unpleasant odour. Many people who have Athlete’s foot also have sweaty feet. Athlete’s foot may last for short or long period of time and may come back after treatment.
Risk factors for contracting Athlete’s Foot:
- Feet are in a moist/wet environment for long periods of time
- Do not wash feet or change socks regularly
- Wear closed, non-breathable shoes
What are the symptoms of Athlete’s foot?
- Red and itchy skin
- Sweaty feet
- Cracked, flaking or peeling skin between the toes or side of the foot
- Unpleasant odour, smelly feet
The fungal infection can spread to other places of the body such as the nails (fungal nails) or the groin (jock itch).