Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
While fungal infections can happen on any part of the body, fungus thrives in dark, moist, warm environments. As such, fungal infections often attack the feet. This condition is termed tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot usually produces itchy, scaly, dry skin. It is most often seen on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. The fungus can spread to other parts of the body, including the toenails. In advanced cases, cracks, inflammation, and blisters can develop as can infections caused by bacteria. Treatment should be dictated by medical professionals and can include antifungal powders, sprays, and/or creams.
“On a scale of magnitude of lower extremity ailments, athlete’s foot isn’t serious. But sometimes athlete’s foot is hard to cure. Those with a diagnosis of diabetes or a weakened immune system should call their doctor right away when signs of athlete’s foot appear.”