You could argue that athlete's foot is one small payback for pro athletes' seven-figure salaries and luxury lifestyles. Only, you don't need to be a professional athlete -- or even an athlete at all -- to get this foot infection. Athlete's foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out in places athletes frequent, like showers and locker rooms. Yet anyone who's exposed to that fungus can get infected -- including women.
Feet aren't the prettiest, or the sweetest-smelling parts of the human anatomy. Suffocated inside shoes and socks all day, feet become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect vehicles for all sorts of tiny germs. Some of those germs lie in wait on the floors of locker rooms and pool changing areas. When they invade susceptible feet, they can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus (called tinea), which leaves scaly patches on the skin. The condition is named by the part of the body where it occurs. On the feet, tinea infection is called athlete's foot.
Showering is actually one of the ways you can get athlete's foot. Step into a locker room or pool shower with bare feet and you can pick up the condition. You can also become infected if you share a towel, socks, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. Showering alone won't clear up the fungus that causes athlete's foot -- no matter how carefully you wash between your toes. But keeping your feet clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from returning.
Athlete's foot can look different in each person. Some people do get peeling or cracking skin between their toes. Others have redness or dryness on the bottom of their feet that looks just like dry skin. You can try treating it with an antifungal medications and also keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes to prevent athlete’s footbut if the problem persist, contact Dr. Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care to schedule an appointment and speak to the podiatrist about the problem.