A common fungal infection that athletes are prone to is tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot. This particular fungus grows best in dark, moist and warm environments, making sweaty feet enclosed in athletic shoes prime targets. The appearance of athlete’s foot can vary from person to person – some may experience peeling, cracking or scaling between the toes; others may have redness, scaling or dryness on the soles and along the sides of the feet. Many individuals often mistake athlete’s foot for dry skin.
Athlete’s foot can be treated successfully by seeing one of Gardens Dermatology’s Board Certified Providers and/or with one of the many over-the-counter topical antifungal creams, but there are also preventive steps that all athletes can take to reduce the spread of this fungus. Please consider the following suggestions: Moisture-wicking socks are a must, as cotton socks trap moisture and should not be worn by athletes. After working out or competing, athletes should shower immediately and make sure you wear flip flops in the shower or locker room.