What is Tinea?

Tinea is commonly referred to as tinea pedis or “athlete’s foot”, it is a common skin condition found on the foot caused by fungus.

Tinea is generally isn’t a serious foot condition and it is often asymptomatic in its early form. However, if allowed to progress to a chronic stage tinea can lead to inflammation and itchy skin. If left untreated tinea can cause secondary fungal nail infections and even lead to bacterial infections.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Flaky, dry and peeling skin on the soles of the feet or between the toes
  • Red, scaly rash on the soles of the feet or between the toes
  • The presence of small red blisters on the feet
  • Cracking, splitting and peeling between the toes
  • Tinea may present as asymptomatic, itchy and inflamed or a stringing pain if there are cracks between the toes

Causes of Tinea

Tinea is caused by a fungal infection. You can catch tinea by coming into contact with surfaces infected with the fungus. The fugus thrives in dark, moist, warm conditions and for this reason is most common between the toes and the soles of the feet. Communal wet areas such as showers, around swimming pools and gyms are common breeding grounds for tinea. If you suffer from sweaty feet then you are at increased risk of developing tinea.

Treatment for Tinea

Following a comprehensive assessment and examination, tinea pedis can be treated with topical anti-fungal emollients. There are many over the counter treatments available, our podiatrists are able to advise you on what treatments are more appropriate for your condition. Chronic and stubborn tinea foot infections may require referral for a oral prescription medication.

Managing Tinea

Our podiatrists are able to provide education and advice about preventing tinea. They can advise on selecting socks and hosiery that will aid in reducing moisture on the feet and creams that will reduce redness and scaling.