Athlete’s foot is classified as a skin infection caused by fungus. Fungus commonly attacks the feet because it thrives in dark, warm, and wet environments, such as shoes, and socks. These fungal infections are most common in warm weather, when feet tend to perspire a lot more.
Fungus thrives in damp areas, such as swimming pools, shower areas, and locker rooms. Athletes commonly have sweaty feet and use the facilities where fungus is found, thus commonly termed “athlete’s foot”
Athlete’s foot usually produces itchy, dry, scaling skin. It is commonly seen on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. In advanced cases, inflammation, cracks, and blisters may form; an infection caused by bacteria can also occur. The fungus can spread rapidly through other areas of foot, including the toenails. Here, good foot hygiene can prevent the spread of fungus. Visiting the chiropodist can provide you with the proper information required for treatment and care options available to you.