What Causes Athlete's Foot?

“Hello again, Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA. Today I’d like to talk about athlete’s foot. No, you do not have to be an athlete to contract athlete’s foot. There are many different types of athlete’s foot, typically caused by dermatophytes or fungus. This is the same type of fungus that can cause a problem with fungal or ugly toenails.

There are a few different types of athlete’s foot. One type is a result of too much moisture and sweating in the foot. You get a whiteish area that forms between the toes, causing itching. This is one type of an athlete’s foot.

Another type is a very dry, scaly type of athlete’s foot that can be all on the bottom of the sole of the foot and it can be a chronic, long-lasting type of situation.

Another type of athlete’s foot is a more acute type of situation where all of a sudden, you’ll get a lot of little vesicles or fluid sacs that break open, causing itching and redness in that area.

Another type is when it’s severe like that, but it also has a secondary bacterial infection.

It’s important to determine the cause of the athlete’s foot and the proper type of treatment. You do not have to be an athlete to contract athlete’s foot; some people are susceptible due to their genetic makeup and medical history. There are other situations and diseases that can look like athlete’s foot but are treated completely differently, so it’s important to get the proper diagnosis. If you have any questions, give us a call – we’re here to help!”

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle