Athlete's Foot is a fungal skin infection causing soreness, itching and flaking between the toes or on the soles or sides of the feet. It's extremely infectious so anyone can pick it up, especially people sharing communal changing rooms and showers.
Once the fungal spores have been transferred onto the feet, they thrive in the warm, moist areas between the toes. The skin soon becomes inflamed and itchy with flaking or cracking occurring. The infected flakes of skin are then shed onto the floor or into the socks and shoes by walking or friction. Someone else will be easily infected if they step on these flakes, or if they share towels or footwear with someone who has already got Athlete's Foot. What is more, even if you've already got rid of your Athlete's Foot, it is very easy to re-infected yourself. The spores can live on or in your shoes or socks and if you don't change them regularly, or treat them with antifungal powders, or spray powders, the Athlete's Foot soon returns.