Athletes foot is an infectious skin disease that starts between the toes. There is redness and peeling of the skin and if the infection is not controlled it can spread to the soles and the rest of the foot. There is intense itching and the skin becomes thick and scaly. Blisters can form in some cases.
The fungus that causes the disease thrives on moist, sweaty skin, so many sportsmen fall victim to athlete's foot. But others can get it too. Athlete's foot is sometimes called 'ringworm of the feet'.
One can avoid this unpleasant skin condition by carefully drying between the toes after bathing, and wearing clean socks, especially in summer. As the disease is contagious, slippers should be worn to avoid contact of the bare feet with the floor in shower rooms of clubs and swimming pools.