Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot or Tinea pedis is a common fungal infection of the foot. Fungus is normally present of our body and is usually not a problem if feet are clean and dry. When warm moist conditions occur the fungus can flourish. Athlete’s foot is contagious.


  • Itching and burning between your toes or bottom of feet.
  • Itchy, painful burning blisters.
  • Dry, red, scaling skin between toes or in a moccasin distribution on soles of feet.

Risk Factors

  • Athlete’s foot is more common in men than women.
  • Excessive moisture of feet, socks, shoes.
  • Walking
  • Weakened immune system like in patients with diabetes or on medications that weaken the immune system.


  • Secondary bacterial infections can develop as a result of athlete’s foot and can be very dangerous. A fungal infection can disrupt the integrity of the skin allowing bacteria to enter. Scratching the skin due to the intense itch associated with athlete’s foot can also introduce bacteria.


  • Keep your feet clean and dry.  Especially between toes.
  • Control excessive sweating of feet.
  • Socks selection is very important. Wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin. There are a variety of synthetic wicking socks available.
  • Change your socks daily or if they become moist.
  • Astringent foot soaks will help to decrease moisture.
  • Wear natural made shoes like leather.  Avoid plastics and rubber.
  • Alternate shoes.  Shoes are perfect incubator for fungus.  Allow them to dry out at least 24 hours between wear.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in public areas.  Wear sandals or aqua socks.


  • Practice good foot hygiene
  • OTC medications work well.  For between the toes use a anti-fungal solution or gel. Not cream. For the bottom of the feet use creams or lotions.
  • If the infection does not go away contact your doctor for a prescription strength topical medication.  In severe cases an oral medication may be necessary.
  • If there is a secondary bacterial infection you may also require an oral antibiotic.

If you are diabetic, have poor circulation or have a compromised immune system seek medical attention immediately.

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I suffered with chronic heel pain for over a year. I finally went to see Dr. Fritz who examined me and performed X-rays on the same visit. He diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis. After a course of physical therapy, a cortisone shot and a pair of custom orthotics I’m able to walk pain free again.

- Jeff C.

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