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Avoiding Athlete's Foot Does athletic activity cause athlete’s foot? Don’t be fooled by the name, you don’t have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that usually appears between the toes or at the sole of the foot in the form of a flaky, itchy rash. Athlete’s foot is often a result of walking around barefoot in a moist, public place like a swimming pool or locker room. It can also occur when your feet become sweaty due to tight-fitting shoes. The worst part of athlete’s foot is that it’s contagious, and can easily spread to the hands and other areas of the body.  As best practice, do not share shoes, socks or towels, and always wear flip flops in a shared bathroom.  Also, avoid plastic sandals in hot weather–the material is prone to make your feet sweat. Athlete’s foot is similar to other fungal infections, so treating it with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, ointments or sprays usually does the trick. If those products don’t cure your athlete’s foot, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. There are prescription-strength oral and topical medications available to treat more severe cases. Also, your dermatologist can test a sample of your skin to confirm the diagnosis.   Click to book online