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Tinea

tineaTinea is an infection of the foot that can affect the toenails or the skin. It is caused by a fungus that thrives in humid and warm areas eg. your shoes, socks and toe spaces.

You can pick up the bug that causes tinea by;

Going barefoot at public swimming pools and showers

Sharing socks, shoes or towels of people already infected

Tinea affects your feet in many different ways. Usually it presents as little blisters on the bottom of your feet or as red, itchy skin between your toes. You may have dry callous looking skin on the bottom and sides of your feet or tinea affected nails may become thick, discoloured, cracked and brittle.

To treat, see the team at North East Podiatry who can prescribe the appropriate medication to cure the problem. It is also important to treat your socks and shoes to prevent re-infection. Wear leather shoes and cotton socks to allow the feet to breathe. Wash and dry your feet properly every day.