Athletes Foot (also known as Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection to skin. This condition is very common in an elderly population and as the name implies in athletic populations. Commonly three presentations exist, interdigital being the most common (between the toes), followed by ‘moccasin’ (on the sole of the foot) and finally vesticular (small blister like lesions).
Tinea pedis is a superficial fungal infection of the skin; most common fungal infections to the skin are caused by either Trichophyton Rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum. The fungus causes the skin to break down, resulting in a localized inflammatory response, characterized by the red scaly rash. Athletes Foot can occur due to a number of known reasons and associated risk factors.