Athletes Foot
in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton

What Is Athletes Foot?

Athletes Foot is a skin infection which often manifests itself between the fourth and fifth toes of the feet.

It is also known as tinea pedis and occasionally it may spread to the soles and toe nails. Once toe nails have become infected they can be extremely difficult to treat, so prompt treatment is very important.

The symptoms of tinea pedis (i.e. athlete's foot) may vary from one person to another, however, the most common symptom is itching and can often signal the beginning of an infection.

Other Athletes foot symptoms

Other symptoms may include burning, stinging, redness, scaling, peeling, foot odour and in some severe cases, blistering and weeping may be observed.

What Causes Athletes Foot?

Tinea pedis is a fungal infection primarily caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes.

Normally the skin acts as an effective barrier against any fungal invasion, with fungi being present without producing any problems.

If the fungi are exposed to the right combination of conditions they can become overactive and reproduce to excessive numbers.

Generally, a warm, humid, moist environment and/or a decrease in the body's natural resistance to infection are favourable conditions for fungal overgrowth.

How Is Athlete's Foot Treated?

Tinea pedis of the feet should involve:
  1. Treatment of the infection, and
  2. Prevention of infection recurrence

The following procedures can help: