Tinea pedis, more commonly known as Athletes foot, is a common fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet. This condition is caused by dermatophyte fungi, which feed on keratin, a protein that makes up the skin, hair and nails. This type of fungus favours warm and moist environments, making the foot an ideal environment! The spaces in between the toes are a particularly common place for tinea to develop. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, and can be spread through skin to skin contact, or indirectly by sharing towels, bed sheets, shoes and socks.
The following can increase the chance of contracting tinea:
- Non-breathable footwear (synthetic fiber socks and shoe material)
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Poor circulation
- Weakened immunity