Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

The signs and symptoms of Athlete’s foot can vary from person to person. Depending on the individual case, this infection can cause severe discomfort, or it may result in few symptoms at all. The most common symptoms are:

  • Itching and burning of the feet
  • Peeling, scaling or cracking of the skin
  • Redness, softening, blisters, and breaking down of the skin

Signs and Symptoms of Athletes Foot: Toe Web Infection

This type of Athlete’s foot is the most common form of the infection. It usually strikes between the two smallest toes. You may notice that it begins that skin that is soft, moist and pale. It causes itching, burning and a odour.

As the infection worsens, you’ll notice that the skin between the toes becomes scaly; it will peel and crack. If it becomes severe, it is probably a bacterial one, and you will notice more skin breakdown and a foul smell.

Moccasin-Type Athletes Foot Infection

A moccasin type of Athlete’s foot is a chronic infection. At first, you will notice itching, burning, or scaly skin. The infection may also start with dryness or some minor irritation.

As it progresses, you will see cracked, scaling, peeling skin on the sole or heel of your foot. If the infection becomes severe, the toenails may also become infected. They may thicken and crumble before falling out. The moccasin type of Athlete’s foot may spread to the palm of the hand; it’s not uncommon to see symptoms on both feet and the palm of one hand.

Vesicular infection

A vesicular infection is the least common type of Athlete’s foot infection. It usually starts with an outbreak of blisters on the instep, between the toes, on the heel, sole, or on top of the foot. After the first infection, the blisters may reoccur. Infections may occur on the feet or affect another part of the body, such as the chest, arms or fingers. You may notice scaly skin between eruptions. A vesicular infection may be accompanied by a bacterial infection.

If you are concerned you may have Athlete’s foot, consult with Toronto podiatrist Sheldon H. Nadal D. P. M. He can confirm whether you have the infection and discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you.