The term athlete's foot is a highly misleading word, as this condition does not only occur in athletes. Athlete's foot is a common name given to a fungus infection of the skin that predominately occurs in between toes but can occur anywhere on the foot. If left untreated the condition can spread to other parts of the foot, hands and can even affect the face.
Causes of Athlete's Foot
- Many people have the fungus present on their skin but are unaffected by the microscopic organism. Conditions such as bruising or cracks in the skin allow entry for the fungus.
- Fungi thrive on moist, warm environments. This is why this condition usually occurs in between toes due to an accumulation of moisture.
- It may also spread between individuals. A common port of entry is found within bathrooms, showers, swimming pools and changing rooms.
- Not changing your socks on a regular basis can also encourage the build up of fungi in between the toes.
- People with excessively sweaty feet are more prone to this condition.