What is it?
Athlete's Foot is actually ringworm of the foot. It is a fungal infection of the top layer of skin on the feet and is common in both adolescents and adults. Athlete's foot manifests itself in several ways causing, scaling sore patches. Itching is often the biggest complaint.
What causes it?
The feet are the most common area infected by the fungus. Shoes provide a warm, moist environment which encourages fungal growth. Athlete's foot may affect any area of the foot but most likely it occurs on the instep or between the toes.
What can be done?
Treatment for athlete's foot or ringworm is a topical anti-fungal ointment. More severe cases may require stronger oral medications taken by mouth. A medicated powder may also be given to help keep the feet dry.