Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot

fungal infection of the interdigital space and dorsum of the foot

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal skin infection that usually begins between the toes. The condition can often be mistaken or occur simultaneously with dermatitis, material infections, and psoriasis to name a few. 

It commonly occurs in people whose feet are sweaty and often where poor hygiene is a factor.

Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include an itchy, scaly rash. The condition is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.

Careful examination is required first to confirm the diagnosis and then choose the most appropriate form of treatment depending on the location of the infection and the organism involved. Typically with skin conditions, we will use a Dermatasope to help visualize the lesion by magnifying the skin surface and digitally capturing an image.