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Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the foot.  It is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm or jock itch.  It occurs not just to athletes, but to men, women and children of all ages.  Athlete’s foot commonly occurs in the moist areas between the toes, but it can also occur on other parts of the foot.  The infected areas may burn or itch.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include:

  • Dry patches of skin
  • Itching, burning, stinging and cracking between the toes
  • Yellowish-brown toenails
  • Itching, stinging, cracking and burning on the soles of the feet
  • Excessive skin dryness on the sides of the foot or bottom of the foot
  • Itchy blisters

Athlete’s foot is contagious.  It can be spread in areas that are warm and moist, such as locker rooms, showers, and gym floors.  Tiny particles of skin adhere to towels, shoes, floors of shower stalls and around swimming pools.  People with sweaty feet are more susceptible to getting athlete’s foot.  Diabetes is also a risk factor for signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot.  Walking barefoot in the shower, gym or pool area increases your risk of contracting athlete’s foot.  Athlete’s foot can often be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications.

Diagnosis of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is diagnosed by taking a skin sample and examining it under a microscope.  If the sample shows the presence of fungi, antifungal medications are usually prescribed.  If the signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot do not improve with antifungal medication, or if the treatment makes things worse, you may have a bacterial infection in addition to a fungal infection.  See your doctor for an evaluation.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot: A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
Icon Health Publications
Fixing Your Feet – How to Cure Athlete’s Foot
eBook Media Ventures

The Good Foot Book: A Guide for Men, Women, Children, Athletes, Seniors – Everyone
Glenn Copeland
Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes
John Vonhof

Athlete’s Foot Resources

General Patient Resources

  • WD

List of 6 disease causes of Athlete’s foot, patient stories, diagnostic guides, medical books excerpts online about Athlete’s foot. Diagnostic checklist and more.

  • Health Communities

Overview of Athlete’s foot.

  • E Health Forum

Foot disorders forum.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops in the moist areas between your toes and sometimes on other parts of your foot. Read more…

  • Medicine Net . com

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a contagious skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. Read about symptoms, home remedy, treatment, prevention and signs.

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, prognosis and complications.