Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Tinea Pedis, also known as Athletes’ Foot will afflict up to 70% of people at some time in their lives. Tinea often causes a red or pink discolouration of the skin and is usually found between the toes.

As with fungal nails, tinea pedis is a fungal infection. The infection that causes tinea pedis may be found on floors, carpets and in communal showers. Fungal infections spread from person to person from contact with these items. Fungal infections thrive in moist warm environments like that found between toes in shoes.

Symptoms: Skin affected by tinea often flakes, splits or peels and is generally itchy with a burning sensation.

Treatment: First of all, try to isolate the affected area from any environments that are warm and moist. It is helpful to air your feet regularly, keeping them clean and dry. Footwear that is breathable will help. Our podiatrists can recommend a number of effective regimes that will help remove this annoying infection and teach you how to protect you against its return.