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Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot

Did you know that 70% of the population can have Athlete’s Foot at one time during their life? Read on to learn more about how to protect your athletes…

Athletes Foot At A Glance

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection of the foot that is caused by fungus. This occurs when the feet and other areas of the body stay moist, warm and irritated; this fungus thrives in these conditions and infects the upper layer of the skin. Fungal infections can occur anywhere on the body, including the scalp, trunk, arms and legs, hands, feet, nails, groin and other areas. This fungus can be found on gym floors, locker rooms, swimming pools, socks and clothing. This fungus can also spread directly from person to person or by contact with objects.

Athlete’s foot may look like red, peeling, dry skin on one or both soles of the feet. The space between the fourth and fifth toes may also have moisture, peeling and dry flakes. It is important to consult a physician if you think one of your athletes may have athlete’s foot.

To prevent the disease it is important to make sure your athlete’s feet are clean and dry, changing their sneakers and socks (cotton socks preferred) after practice to avoid prolonged moist environments.  Recommend your athlete's wear flip-flops in public areas such as the gym, locker rooms, and swimming pool. Your team should avoid contact with people who are infected. It is also important that your athlete’s are disinfecting their shoes and sprinkling antifungal foot powder to their shoes weekly.