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Types of Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common condition that can be uncomfortable and is caused by a fungus that lives in moist environments. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and similar areas. Athlete's foot is contagious so it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes such as flip flops or water shoes in these areas. Further, it is helpful to refrain from sharing shoes, towels, or socks, as this may help to reduce the spread of athlete’s foot. There are a few categories of athlete's foot, therefore, the symptoms may vary. Itchy, cracked skin between the fourth and fifth toes may indicate a toe web infection that may worsen if a bacterial infection develops. A moccasin-type infection may begin with a sore foot, followed by thickened skin on the heel. If blisters develop it might be a vesicular infection which can appear anywhere on the foot. If you have symptoms of athlete's foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment methods.

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 Ankle & Foot of Edmonds. 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 office located in Edmonds, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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