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What Are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, unveils a set of unmistakable symptoms that can cause considerable discomfort. The most prevalent sign is persistent itching, often concentrated between the toes. This itching is accompanied by redness and a burning sensation, creating an overall sense of irritation. The skin may peel, crack, or exhibit a scaly appearance, particularly on the soles of the feet. Blisters may also develop, adding another layer of discomfort to this fungal predicament. Foul odor emanating from the infected feet is not uncommon, as the fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. Athlete's foot can spread to the toenails, causing them to thicken and become discolored. Recognizing these symptoms is essential for seeking timely intervention. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist. This type of doctor can offer you correct treatment solutions, which may include prescribed medicine.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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


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