Causes and Prevention of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, thrives in warm, moist environments. It is often contracted in communal areas such as locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools, where the fungus easily spreads from person to person. Wearing damp socks and tight shoes creates an ideal breeding ground for the fungus, increasing the risk of infection. To prevent athlete's foot, keeping the feet clean and dry is vital. Changing socks regularly and choosing breathable footwear can significantly reduce moisture buildup. Using antifungal powders and sprays can provide an additional layer of protection. In communal areas, wearing shower shoes helps to avoid direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Maintaining good foot hygiene and adopting these preventative measures can reduce the likelihood of developing an athlete's foot. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can effectively treat athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 


The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet

  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet

  • Scaly, red rash on the foot

  • Blisters 

  • Foul odor


Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 


Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day

  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas

  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others

  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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