from the name sound's like normal. or even you never think about it. or in ur mind its all refer to sports athletes. well, it might point to athletes, But normal person can also be like this. especially whos always wearing shoe. ie. travelers, backpackers or outdoor activities person. and it could be worse, until can spoiled ur mood . Because - its part of infection.
Let see what it is all about.
Athlete's foot (also known as ringworm of the foot, tinea pedum, and moccasin foot) is a common and contagious skin disease that causes itching, scaling, flaking, and sometimes blistering of the affected areas. Its medical name is tinea pedis, a member of the group of diseases or conditions known as tinea, most of which are dermatophytoses (fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails), which in turn are mycoses (broad category of fungal infections). Globally, athlete's foot affects about 15% of the population.
Tinea pedis is caused by fungi such as Epidermophyton floccosum or fungi of the Trichophyton genus including T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, and T. tonsurans (more common in children).
These fungi are typically transmitted in moist communal areas where
people go barefoot, such as around swimming pools or in locker rooms,
and require a warm moist environment like the inside of a shoe to
Fungal infection of the foot may be acquired (or reacquired) in many
ways, such as by walking in an infected locker room, by using an
infested bathtub, by sharing a towel used by someone with the disease,
by touching the feet with infected fingers (such as after scratching
another infected area of the body), or by wearing fungi-contaminated
socks or shoes.
Infection can often be prevented by keeping the feet dry by limiting
the use of footwear that enclose the feet, or by remaining barefoot.
The fungi may spread to other areas of the body, such as by scratching.
The fungi tend to infect areas of skin that are kept warm and moist,
such as with insulation
(clothes), body heat, and sweat. However, the spread of the infection
is not limited to skin. Toe nails become infected with fungi in the same
way as the rest of the foot, typically by being trapped with fungi in
the warm, dark, moist inside of a shoe.
To effectively treat athlete's foot, it is necessary to treat the
entire infection, wherever it is on the body, until the fungi are dead
and the skin has fully healed. There is a wide array of over the counter
and prescription topical medications in the form of liquids, sprays,
powders, ointments, and creams for killing fungi that have infected the
feet or the body in general. For persistent conditions, oral medications
are available by prescription.
btw.. i paste it from the most referred website which is wikipedia. u can read more from HERE - ATHLETE'S FOOT .
or maybe some trusted website
or just asked for help from mr google. there is many useful website u can refer.
so... just remember to take care of ur foot... otherwise it can spoiled all ur travelling mood..