What are the symptoms of athlete's foot?

The symptoms of athlete's foot include itching, burning, cracked, blistered or peeling areas between the toes; redness and scaling on the soles of the feet; rash that spreads to the instep; and raw skin. Occasionally, the open skin can become infected with bacteria that will cause pain and spreading redness. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the foot, including toenails. It can also infect other parts of the body, such as the groin, inner thighs and underarms.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The most common symptom of athlete's foot is red, itchy skin between the toes. The skin may blister, become flaky or scaly, crack, and develop a bad odor. Athlete's foot can spread to the soles of the feet, the instep, and even the toenails, making them thick and crumbly.

Symptoms of athlete's foot can include:

  • Redness
  • Scaling
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Blisters
  • Dry skin
  • Cracking skin
  • Peeling skin

The areas most commonly affected are between the toes and on the soles of the feet. In some cases, the sides of the feet may also show symptoms. Sometimes the toenails might also show symptoms of athlete's foot and become crumbly, thick, darkened, or uneven. Most people do not experience all of these symptoms.

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