What is athlete's foot?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the feet. It is most often found between the toes, but may also appear on other parts of the foot. The infection can result in scaling and a burning, itching, or stinging sensation. Athlete's foot is contagious and is often spread through use of shared facilities such as locker rooms.

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