What to Do About Athlete’s Foot

If the space between your toes begins to itch, becomes scaly, or appears red, you may have developed a case of athlete’s foot. This condition, which may also cause your skin to crack and bleed, can appear on the sole of your foot as well. It is caused by a highly contagious fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. It is normally transmitted by stepping in an area where someone with athlete’s foot has been, sharing a towel that carries the fungus, or touching the infected area and passing it to another part of the body. If you have sweaty feet or have an open sore on your foot, you may be more at risk.  If you think your athlete’s foot infection is spreading or becoming more seriously infected, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist as soon as possible for a thorough examination and advanced treatment options.

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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