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Risk Factors for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, is especially common among people who frequent damp, warm areas where the fungus thrives. These often include public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. The infection spreads easily through direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Wearing tight-fitting, closed-toe shoes can increase the risk, as the warm, moist environment is ideal for fungal growth. People who sweat excessively may be more prone to the infection due to increased moisture levels. Sharing towels, shoes, or socks with someone who has athlete's foot can also transmit the fungus. To reduce the risk of contracting athlete's foot, wearing moisture-wicking socks, using antifungal powders or sprays, and maintaining dry feet are often suggested. Regular foot hygiene and avoiding direct contact with potentially contaminated surfaces are also key preventive measures. If you suspect you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and care.

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 Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 our offices located in Shepherdsville and Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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