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What Is the Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)?

Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term "athlete's foot" became popular.

Not all fungus conditions are athlete's foot. Other conditions, such as disturbances of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, may mimic athlete's foot.

The signs of athlete's foot, singly or combined, are dry skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. Blisters often lead to cracking of the skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, causing pain and swelling. Itching and burning may increase as the infection spreads.

Athlete's foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body, notably the groin and underarms, by those who scratch the infection and then touch themselves elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete's foot may persist for long periods. Consequently, the infection may be spread by contaminated bed sheets or clothing to other parts of the body.

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Robitaille Optimized 2016

Dr. Robitaille is a native of Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Barry University, School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, FL with honors.

Newsom Optimized

Dr. Newsom is a native of Valparaiso, Indiana. He graduated from Barry University, School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, FL with honors.

Jeffress Optimized

Dr. Kristian Jeffress received her medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in May of 2007. Dr. Jeffress then completed her three year training in Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in June 2010 at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Parsons Optimized

As the youngest of five children, Dr. Parsons was born and raised in Upstate NY. After obtaining a degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, in Buffalo, he spent one additional winter in the region before realizing that he should move south sooner than later! He made the move south in 2001.

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Dr. Clauther is originally from the island nation of Haiti, but he has lived in New York City for the past 23 years.

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 Abibsi Optimized

Dr. Abibsi is a member of the Podiatric Order of Quebec. She has lectured across the province of Quebec to promote feet health: from babies to golden aged, everyone can rely on her expertise.

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