The Myths of Athlete’s Foot

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Athlete's Foot

Do you know the myths around Athlete’s Foot?

Only athletes get athlete’s foot, right? Wrong!

Athlete’s foot is one of the most common fungal problems around. And with this “popularity” comes a lot of misconceptions about the condition.

Let’s take some time to review these myths…

Myth 1: Only athletes can get athlete’s foot

Nope! Athlete’s foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out where athletes like to hang out, i.e. showers and locker rooms. Anyone who’s exposed to the fungus can get infected!

Myth 2: Athlete’s foot isn’t the same as jock itch

False! Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and jock itch (tinea cruris) are caused by the same fungus (tinea). The conditions are are differentiated by the part of the body where they occur. On the feet, it’s called athlete’s foot. On the groin, it’s called jock itch.

Myth 3: Showering regularly can prevent athlete’s foot

Showers are actually where you can pick this pesky fungus up! Locker rooms and pool showers are popular places for this fungus to spread.

Myth 4: Only people with poor hygiene get athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot has nothing to do with how clean your feet are. No matter how clean your feet are, if they come into contact with athlete’s foot, they can get infected.

Myth 5: You can only get athlete’s foot by walking barefoot in areas where the fungus lives

Walking barefoot in a locker room or public shower is one way to get athlete’s foot, but it’s not the only way. You can get athlete’s foot if  you share a towel, socks, or shoes with someone who has it. Share carefully!

Myth 6: If you don’t have peeling skin between your toes, it’s not athlete’s foot

This is a popular myth! Athlete’s foot does not look the same in every person. Some people do get peeling or cracking skin between their toes. Others have redness or dryness on the bottom of their feet. Just because you don’t have peeling skin between your toes does not mean you don’t have athlete’s foot!

And that’s just the beginning of the popular misconceptions surrounding this fungus among us…stay tuned next week for Part II!

If you or a loved one are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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