You may notice several different changes on your feet which could lead to athlete’s foot, including:
- Itchy white spots with dry peeling skin between your toes.
- Sore white spots (with or without touch) Usually the spots turn red, which is a sign of inflammation.
- Cracked and bleeding skin.
- Blisters or dry skin, on the soles and sides of your feet.
The type of symptoms present will depend on the type of athlete’s foot. There are four main types of athlete’s foot:
Toe web infection: The most common variation of athlete’s foot presents as a toe web infection, which affects the skin between the fourth and fifth toe. It can cause changes in colour, cracks, peeling, or flaking and you may feel a burning sensation between your toes.
Moccasin-type infection: This type of infection affects the sole, heel and edges of your feet. It causes the bottom of your feet to become thick and crack, in turn leading to pain and soreness in the feet. In some cases, it can cause your toenails to become infected, which can potentially lead to developing ringworm in the nail. If left untreated this can spread to other parts of the body, such as the hands.
Vesicular-type infection: Vesicular athlete’s foot presents through bumps or fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) on the bottoms of your feet. It can occur anywhere on your feet, however, it primarily appears on the soles or between the toes.
Ulcerative infection: The rarest type of athlete’s foot is infection. It develops through open sores or ulcers on the feet, particularly in between the toes. If left untreated, an ulcerative infection can progress and become inflamed.