When fungus grows on the feet, it is called 𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒆’𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒕 (or tinea pedis). It’s name so because it affects people whose feet tend to be damp and sweaty, which is often the case with athletes. But anyone can get this infection. 𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞’𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭 usually causes redness, flakiness, peeling, or cracking of the skin on the feet. It may itch, sting, or burn, or simply feel uncomfortable. It’s usually on the soles of the feet, the areas between the toes, and sometimes even the toenails.
𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞’𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭 often can be prevented. To avoid it:
– Keep feet clean and dry by washing them daily and drying them completely, especially between the toes.
– Wear waterproof shoes or flip-flops when walking around in locker rooms, public showers, and public pool areas.
– Try not to wear the same shoes every day to prevent the build-up of moisture.
– Choose footwear that is well-ventilated yet keeps the feet dry.
– Avoid socks that trap moisture or make the feet sweat. Cotton or wool socks or ones made of fabric wick away moisture.
– Change socks regularly, especially if your feet get sweaty.