Tinea pedis, better known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the skin that generally occurs between the toes.  This microscopic fungus feeds off dead cells from the nails and the skin that surrounds them.


The fungus initially appears in the form of small, red blisters.  The skin cracks, causing moist, whitish lesions to appear in the skin. They then cause itching, an unpleasant odor and skin damage, which starts as chafing and eventually peels away.




The symptoms of athlete’s foot can cause confusion.  It’s easy to confuse them with other conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and erythrasma.  To choose an appropriate treatment, the podiatrist firstly carried out a thorough examination of the affected area.  Once the diagnosis has been completed, he can recommend a topical antifungal treatment such as a gel, cream, or ointment, or antifungal tablets if the symptoms persist.


In addition to the treatment, it is necessary to keep the feet clean and in good condition.  After showering, it is important to dry the feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.  Furthermore, always opt for shoes and socks that allow moisture to evaporate. Finally, it is recommended that you avoid high-risk public places such as swimming pools, public showers, and gyms, and if you do visit high-risk areas, you should ensure that you wash your feet properly.


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Source : Ordre des podiatres du Québec

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