The term Athlete's Foot is generally applied to a skin eruption on the foot, usually between the toes.
Often it is caused by ringworm of the foot (tinea pedis) although the conditon is generally known as athlete's foot.
It is more common among young adult males.
Athlete's foot is easily acquired by walking bare foot on infected floors in any communal area such as showers and bathrooms at the local health club, at schools and colleges, and at swimming pools.
It thrives in the warm, moist, dark environment found in shoes.
How is Athlete's Foot identified?
It can erupt on the sole of the foot in the form of small blisters.
More commonly it appears between the toes as white, sodden skin which peels off leaving a raw red area.
It is important to confirm that the condition is Athlete's Foot before beginning any medication as other infections or even profuse sweating can produce similar symptoms.
How to treat Athlete's Foot
Wash the feet every night in warm water
Dry thoroughly with care
Apply dusting powder
Apply an over-the-counter medicated powder
See your local physician for stronger medication if Athlete's Foot persists.
Steps to minimizing the risk of Athlete's Foot
Wear a fresh pair of socks each day or even change them twice a day if Athlete's Foot is a major problem
Avoid rubber footwear
Wear shoes made of leather or canvass or materials that let the feet breathe
Avoid wearing the same shoes on consecutive days (a day break in between allows the shoes to dry out thoroughly)
Wear cotton socks which help the feet stay more cool and dry
Wear protective footwear when using a community pool or showers at the local health club