Athlete’s Foot / Tinea Pedis

More than half the population will at one time or another develop athlete’s foot, a fungal infection on the skin of the feet. It causes itching, burning or scaling of the skin, especially between the toes or on the soles. Also known as tinea pedis, it affects men more than women. Excessive moisture and lack of airflow around the feet predispose people to infection with the fungus.

Diagnosis

Your podiatrist will diagnosis athlete’s foot after conducting a physical examination of your feet. In some cases a skin scraping is obtained in order to identify the fungus.

Treatment

Usually an anti-fungal cream or ointment applied to the affected area for 2 to 4 weeks will resolve the problem. Depending on the severity of the case, the medication will be available by prescription or over-the-counter. In certain cases, oral medications will be prescribed.

Without Treatment

Tinea can lead to a secondary bacterial infection. This can be quite serious in people with reduced immunity or poor circulation. This can lead to conditions such as cellulitis which is a more serious bacterial skin infection.