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Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot can be uncomfortable. It is a foot condition that causes the skin on the feet to itch and become red, and in severe cases, may cause small blisters. It is caused by a fungus called trichophyton and is found in warm and moist environments. These include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. Research has shown it is a common foot ailment, and approximately 70 percent of people worldwide will be infected at some point during their lives. The common symptoms that are associated with athletes’ foot consist of flaking skin and burning between the toes. Athlete’s foot is contagious, and many cases may be prevented by wearing appropriate shoes while in these types of areas. Water shoes and flip flops fall into this category, and wearing these types of shoes may help to reduce the chances of getting athlete's foot. If you or someone you know has this infection, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you prescribed medication that can cure this ailment.

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 Dr. Joshua David Scoll from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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