Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common skin disorder which is caused by a fungus that appears between the toes (more frequently between the lesser toes) or on the bottom of the feet. The fungus that cause the infection thrive in warm, dark and moist environments like your feet when wearing occlusive footwear. The affected skin may become red, itchy, sore, dry, or peel away easily. Often the skin will split due to scratching the irritated area and can become infected by bacteria. For those patients with significant medical conditions such as diabetes can lead to more serious complications.

In fit and healthy people, athletes foot is not usually serious, but it is still important to seek treatment and advice from a podiatrist to stop the fungus spreading to other parts of the body or other people. Scratching the infected skin and then touching other parts of your body is just one of the ways the infection can transmit and can even spread to your toenails.

You're more at risk of infection if you:

  • Fail to keep your feet clean and dry
  • Regularly wear occlusive footwear that causes your feet to get hot and sweaty
  • Walk around barefoot in places where fungal infections can spread easily, such as communal showers, locker rooms and gyms
  • Share towels, socks and shoes with other people
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have a certain health condition, such as diabetes
Without treatment, an infection is unlikely to get better on its own. Antifungal agents are considered effective when treating an infection however it is important to use the correct treatment product for a fast resolution.

How we can help
A Podiatrist will advise you on what is the most effective treatment for your symptoms as well as removing any hard skin which may be causing irritation. We offer a selection of creams, sprays and powders in store to cater for your condition.