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How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Tinea, or fungal foot infections, commonly known as athlete's foot, occur when fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, such as between the toes. These infections are extremely contagious, spreading through direct contact with infected skin or surfaces like locker room floors and swimming pools. Individuals at a higher risk include athletes, those with compromised immune systems, and people who frequently wear tight, non-breathable footwear. Symptoms include itching, burning, and peeling skin, often accompanied by redness and blisters. To prevent tinea, it is important to keep feet clean and dry, especially between the toes. It is helpful to wear breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks, change socks regularly, and use antifungal powders. Avoid walking barefoot in public places and ensure shoes fit properly to reduce risk. In persistent cases, prescription medications may be necessary. If you have developed athlete's foot, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist for proper management.

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 Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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