- According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), athlete’s foot is a fungal condition that typically occurs in between the toes, but can occur anywhere on the foot. The condition is characterized by redness, itchiness, cracked and flaky skin, and sometimes blisters or sores. The fungus spreads rapidly in environments that are warm, wet, and dark.
- Some risk factors for athlete’s foot include: allergies, eczema, genetic predisposition, circulatory issues due to conditions like diabetes, those with weakened immune system, and sports in which the players wear shoes that are tight-fitting and hold moisture (swimming, soccer, football).
- Athlete’s are indeed more susceptible to getting “Athlete’s Foot” because of the wet environment of their shoewear, however, anyone can get athlete’s foot. To avoid getting athlete’s foot, it is important to keep your feet dry and properly dry feet after bathing.
Walking barefoot in a locker room or a public showering facility (community pool) can put a person in direct contact with the fungus.