Athlete's Foot Tinea Pedis Tinea pedis, also known as ringworm of the foot or athlete's foot, is a surface superficial fungal infection of the skin of the foot. Athlete's foot is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. Although athlete's foot symptoms are mostly mild, and complications are rare, experts say it is best to treat it promptly.
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It is important to treat athlete's foot as soon as symptoms appear. Bacterial infections can sometimes occur alongside the condition.