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Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot Overview

Athlete's foot refers to a skin eruption that is confined to the foot, in both athletes and nonathletes. It may have many causes and can occur anywhere on the foot, including the sole, toe webs, and back of the foot.

"Athlete's foot" is a commonly used popular term that can refer to any skin inflammation of the foot in an athlete. While this frequently is a result of fungal infections, there are other causes that will also be reviewed below.

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Athlete's Foot - Cause

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Athlete's Foot - Symptoms

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