Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot) Symptoms and Treatment


Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot) Overview


Tinea Pedis, medical term for Athlete’s foot, is a common fungal infection to the bottom of the foot or between the toes (Interdigital Tinea Pedis).  Trichophytom is the most common type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot.  Despite its name, athlete’s foot can affect anyone who comes in contact with the organism.  Fungal infection can occur almost in part of the body but in particular areas where stay moist and warm can become vulnerable to fungal infection. Fungus that causes athlete’s foot can be found in many locations, especially in gym floors, locker rooms, swimming pools, nail salons, airport security lines, inside shoes and bath / shower tubs.  Walking barefoot in areas where someone with infection had previously walked will increase your chance infection. Individuals with decreased immune system are more vulnerable to athlete’s foot. Rarely, athlete’s foot can cause blisters called (bullous tinea pedis or vesicular tinea pedis). Athlete’s foot in contagious and

If not treated, it can lead to more serious bacterial infection of the skin (cellulitis or erythrasma), especially in elderly, individuals with diabetes and in individuals with impaired function of the immune system (immunosupressed)


3 Types of Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot):

  • Interdigital tinea pedis (between toes)
  • (Moccasin tinea pedis) infection to the sole of the foot
  • (Bullous type) blistering / inflammatory tinea pedis


Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s foot) Symptoms:

  • Dry skin to the bottom of the foot
  • Skin cracking and peeling off
  • Moisture (skin maceration) in between the toe
  • Itching to the bottom of the foot or between the toes
  • Blistering to the bottom / side of the foot
  • Foul smell from the foot


Conservative Treatments of Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s foot):

  • Apply anti-fungal medication / cream to the bottom of the foot
  • Use anti-fungal powder for Interdigital tinea pedis to keep the area dry
  • Spray inside your shoes with antifungal spray / powder
  • Wear sandals / do not walk barefoot in public area
  • Change you socks to synthetic material socks. They wick moisture away from your skin and keep your feet dry
  • Change your socks daily


Other Treatment Options of Tinea Pedis:

  • In severe cases, you may have to go on oral anti-fungal medication.


We encourage you to consult with a foot and ankle specialist for a complete assessment of your condition.