Athlete’s Foot


Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Overview

Athlete’s foot is a very commonly experienced fungal infection and is said to affect everyone at some point of time in their lives. Athlete’s foot was most commonly observed in athletes and hence, the fungal infection is named so. Contradicting the name, athlete’s feet is contagious and can hence spread to other parts of the body. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 15-25% of people are likely to have athlete’s foot at any one time. Anyone can be affected by an athlete’s foot but the most affected are teenagers and men.

 

Definition of athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that is first seen in the skin between the toes and then spreads to other areas of the foot.

The infection appears as a scaly inflammation (redness). Some rare and severe cases of athlete’s foot also cause blisters.

Athlete’s foot is a form of ringworm, which is a severely contagious fungal infection of the skin or scalp. Medically, athlete’s foot is referred to as tinea pedis.

 

What causes athlete’s foot?

The genetic cause of athlete’s foot is a growth of the fungi, dermatophytes. Despite the genetic link, athlete’s foot is not a genetic infection. Many activities that trigger the cause of athlete’s foot are developed by humans.

  • Confinement of the feet – The fungi dwell and multiply in warm and wet places. So when wearing close-cut shoes, the feet receive very less circulation, causing athlete’s foot.
  • Contact – Athlete’s foot is contagious and hence spreads to unaffected areas when they indirectly or directly come into contact with affected areas. For example, when someone with athlete’s foot walks barefoot, and someone without the infection walks along these paths. This typically happens in locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools. Athlete’s foot can also spread through touch. When the infection spreads to the groin it is termed as jock itch.
  • Those with a weak immune system– Because the system fails to fight off the fungi causing athlete’s foot.

 

Symptoms of athlete’s foot

Many symptoms of athlete’s foot are left undiagnosed. But if not treated, athlete’s foot spreads and worsens over time. Some symptoms are noticeable and require immediate attention.

  • Skin between the toes or on the foot becomes red, itchy, scaly, flaky or too dry. Severe cases show blisters as well.
  • Burning or stinging of different areas on the feet.
  • Crumbling and falling off of toenails.

 

Types of athlete’s foot

Treatment for athlete’s foot depends on the type of athlete’s foot one is diagnosed with. Each type of athlete’s foot affects different areas of the feet and hence different symptoms are noticed. There are three types of athlete’s foot.

  • Toe web infection – The most commonly diagnosed type of athlete’s foot where the infection appears between the 4th and the 5th toes. The infection makes the skin scaly and cracked.
  • Moccasin-type infection – The heel and sole of the feet become too dry and then cracks appear. Gradually, the toenails start to crumble and fall. People suffering from eczema are diagnosed with this type of athlete’s foot.
  • Vesicular type – Blisters appear on the sole and top of the foot. This is the least common type of athlete’s foot.

 

Long-term effects of athlete’s foot

If treated immediately and effectively, athlete’s foot goes away in a few weeks. Athlete’s foot can only be temporarily cured and hence, regular use of medication is required to keep the fungal infection at bay. If left undiagnosed or untreated, the infection can persist, worsen and spread for as long as several years leading to long-term infections.

 

Vulnerable groups

Athlete’s foot can affect anyone but there are certain factors and habits that increase the risk of being diagnosed with athlete’s foot.

  • Athletes
  • People prone to severe sweating
  • Those who wear trainers, tight-fitted rubber shoes or shoes with a plastic inner lining.

 

Genetics of athlete’s foot

Studies conducted by various groups like Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, The Rockefeller University and Necker Medical School, prove the existence of a strong link between genetic mutation and the likelihood of being affected by athlete’s foot. The genes Dectin-1 and CARD9 fight off the microorganisms that cause the fungal infection. Deficiency of these genes leads to the growth of the fungi, dermatophytes, which causes athlete’s foot.

 

Diagnosis

The appearance of the foot is the most obvious indicator of athlete’s foot.

To determine the cause, a microscopy and culture test is done, which entails removal of a scrape of skin.

The potassium hydroxide test (KOH test) gives a conclusive diagnosis of athlete’s foot.

KOH test – A scrape of the skin is placed in potassium hydroxide. The healthy cells are destroyed and the infected cells are left behind to be examined. A positive result means the person is diagnosed with athlete’s foot.

 

Treatment & Prevention

Athlete’s foot is most readily treated with topical anti-fungal creams. These contain clotrimazole, ketoconazole, and miconazole that have strong anti-fungal action. It is also important to maintain basic feet hygiene in order to treat this condition and prevent it from recurring. These include the following points:

  • Keep your feet clean, dry, and sweat-free. If you are prone to sweating or the climate is humid, keep an antiperspirant spray handy.
  • Avoid stepping in puddles or walking barefoot in areas where moisture is present. Be extremely careful around stagnant water bodies.
  • Always dust your shoes and socks before wearing them.

Facts

  • Jock itch and athlete’s foot are both caused by the same fungus, tinea cruris. It must also be noted that these are not limited just to “jocks” and “athletes”.
  • Men get this fungal infection more than women do.

Facts

  • One of the most common reasons for the spreading of this infection is sharing towels, showers, or gym lockers with an infected individual.
  • At any given time, this infection might be prevalent among 15-25% of the general population.

Facts

  • The most vulnerable groups could include regular swimming pool users and industrial workers. Males of the age of 16 years or above show the highest prevalence (20%).

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Keep your feet clean and dry all the time.
  • Wear socks made of natural cotton fabrics only. Refrain from wearing nylon and synthetic fiber socks.
  • Take the complete course of medication even if the symptoms disappear completely.
Don'ts
  • Walk barefoot in public spaces such as swimming pool and restrooms.
  • Scratch, itch, or poke the affected area with nails or any sharp object.
  • Share personal care items such as towels, shoes, clothes etc with an infected person.

 

 

 

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How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
The Cabbage Soup Diet: The healthiest way to instant weight loss Cabbage soup diet rapid weight loss diet for those who want to shed those extra pounds in less…
reflexology massage
Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
sodium blood test
Blood Sodium Test A blood sodium test measures the amount of sodium (an important electrolyte) in your body. It is also…
Coconut sugar: What is it and is it healthier than table sugar? In the long list of things that the wonderful coconut gives us, coconut sugar is another remarkable addition.…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
ANTIPHOSPHOLIPIDANTIBODY(APL)_IgG
Antiphospholipid (APL) antibody-IgG The Antiphospholipid Antibody testing is a blood test used to determine an autoimmune disorder called Antiphospholipid syndrome linked…
Strep throat pain
Anti-Streptolysin-O Test The ASO or Anti-Streptolysin-O is a blood test designed to check for the presence of streptococcus bacterial infection…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
Okra: How can this nutrient-dense vegetable help you fight diabetes? Okra is a food which is rich in nutrients and minerals which are extremely essential for a healthy…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…