Tinea Pedis, more commonly known as Athlete’s Foot, is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet, usually between the toes, causing itching and in some cases painful cracking of the skin. Athlete’s Foot isn’t serious, but sometimes it’s hard to cure. If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and suspect you have athlete’s foot you should seek advice right away. You can catch Athlete’s Foot through direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments such showers, locker room floors and around swimming pools.
- Don’t share socks, shoes, or towels with others
- Wear appropriate footwear, such as flip-flops, in public showers, around public swimming pools, and in other public places
- Wear socks made out of breathable fibers such as cotton or wool
- Air your feet when you are at home by going barefoot
- Wear shoes made of breathable materials
- Get an assessment from a Registered Foot Health Practitioner