Athlete’s foot is relatively common, and as its name suggests affects the feet. It is a fungal infection of the skin, and is usually seen in between the toes, or on the sole of the foot.
Athlete’s foot can be very uncomfortable at its worst, or mildly itchy at its least severe. It causes changes in the structure of the skin, often causing skin to flake, peel or even split. Itching the skin increases the likelihood of the skin splitting, which in turn can lead to a secondary infection. Split skin can also be very painful.