What is Athlete’s Foot?

Despite the name, athlete's foot is not just for the sporting elite. It is one of the most common skin conditions affecting 3 of 4 adults over their lifetime1.

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which occurs as a result of two factors:

1. The skin of the foot breaks down, often due to being in shoes all day.

2. Dermatophytes (the fungi which cause athlete's foot) enter via these weak spots and begin to break down the surrounding skin.

Common places to pick up an athlete's foot infection include communal change rooms, swimmings pools or showers, as well as sharing towels.

Although mainly a condition of the feet, the fungi causing athlete's foot can spread to other areas of the body, such as the groin or toenails.

Athlete's foot won't go away on it's own, but treatment is easy. Head to your pharmacy at the first appearance of symptoms.

1. Brooks KE et al. Clin Podiatr Med Surg 1996.