Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
What is Tinea Pedis?
Tinea Pedis is a common fungal foot infection. They are caused by dermatophytes – organisms that use our body’s keratin as a food source. These organisms are very well adapted to survive in the human host, making them notoriously difficult to eradicate. Fungi thrive best in warm, moist and dark environments. Hence the climate in Singapore makes it ideal for developing a fungal infection.
Anyone has the potential to develop tinea pedis. This condition is contagious and can be spread to other parts of your body, or to others, through contact directly, or contaminated surfaces. Typically, you may be at a higher risk of athlete’s foot if you:
- Use tight enclosed footwear
- Have sweaty feet
- Go barefoot on floors, rugs or mats with another individual who has a fungal infection
- Frequent public or communal areas such as pools, locker rooms, saunas or gym showers.
- Have a weakened immune system
The most common variety of fungal foot infection is athlete’s foot, which affects mainly the 4th toe webspace. Another form of fungal infection is known as the moccasin tinea pedis. This is known due to the distribution of the tinea infection which resembles a moccasin or a loafer-type shoe.
What will I experience?
Generally, athlete’s foot can present on one or both feet. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Scaling peeling and itching and cracking skin
- Itchiness or burning sensations
- Inflammation appearance to the skin – appearing reddish
- Pustules or blistering to the skin
- Development of a possible central moist fissure to the interdigital space
- May have secondary yeast or bacterial infections together with the fungal infection
How can we help you?
Generally, some home remedies and lifestyle modifications can help to treat mild cases of athlete’s foot. However, if the infection does not subside or get better, it is advisable to seek advice and help from a Podiatrist. Our Podiatrist will be able to perform a thorough examination and provide specialist advice before discussing a treatment plan to help expedite your recovery and prevent the issue from worsening.