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Categories of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection that invades the feet. Research has indicated that approximately 10 percent of people who reside in North America are afflicted with this uncomfortable condition. There are four types of athlete’s foot categorized as moccasin-type, vesicular, interdigital, and ulcerative. The most prevalent type is interdigital athlete’s foot, which is found between the fourth and fifth toes and is caused by a fungus. Having an allergic reaction to fungal organisms is typically the culprit in obtaining vesicular athlete's foot and large areas are often affected when ulcerative athlete’s foot is present. The symptom that many people experience with athlete’s foot is severe itching between the toes and on the bottom of the feet. In severe cases, blisters may also form. Athlete’s foot is treated by a podiatrist, so it is suggested that you consult with this type of doctor if you have developed this foot condition.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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