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Key Facts About Children’s Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet, is not exclusive to adults, as children can also fall prey to this uncomfortable condition. Commonly caused by the same fungi responsible for ringworm and jock itch, athlete's foot thrives in warm, moist environments, making children's sweaty feet particularly susceptible. Symptoms can include itching, burning, and redness, often between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Children can contract athlete's foot by walking barefoot in public areas, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, or communal showers. Sharing towels, socks, or shoes with an infected individual can also facilitate transmission. Teaching children proper foot hygiene, such as keeping feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public spaces, can help prevent athlete's foot and promote overall foot health. If your child has itchy feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat athlete’s foot, which may include prescribed medication.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Odin De Los Reyes from Connecticut. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Southbury and Farmington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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