Athete's foot commonly starts with a flaky rash on the outermost toes which could also spread to the soles, toenails, or the sides of the feet. Peeling of the skin can occur along with itchiness and a stinging sensation. Wearing a closed shoe, accompanied with sweat, can lead to these symptoms. "When you put your foot into a closed shoe, it really acts like a cooker because it's a warm, dark, moist area, so it actually cooks your foot," said Mark Hinkes, DPM, a podiatrist.
|Dr. Mark Hinkes
But one is also at risk of infection if he or she shares socks and shoes, walks in public places barefoot, has a foot injury, etc. Hinkes recommended seeing a podiatrist to make sure the underlying cause is not diabetes or weak immunity.
Source: Sadhana Bharanidharan, Medical Daily [10/9/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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