What is Tinea?

Tinea Pedis, also known as Athlete’s foot, is a highly common fungal infection of the foot. 

Sufferers generally contract the infection from public areas, like swimming pools, hotel floors and communal showers/change rooms. It is highly contagious but often very easily treated.


There are a number of symptoms that may indicate that you have tinea. These include;

  • Itching, burning or stinging sensations (early stage)
  • General dryness, without itchiness (chronic stage)
  • Redness of the skin
  • Flaking and peeling of the skin or in between the toes
  • Thickened, discoloured toenails

Treating Tinea

The appropriate treatment for tinea will depend on the severity of the condition. Like many fungal infections, tinea can be treated easily however can occasionally be known to be particularly stubborn in clearing the fungus. If left untreated, tinea can become cracked and painful. 

Correct advice regarding the choice of topical ointment for the type of tinea you have is important for good results. A Podiatrist can help to identify the type of tinea you have and advise you on the best course of treatment.

For further information on Tinea and how best to treat this condition, book an appointment with one of our podiatrists or call 03 9939 1012.