Athlete’s foot (AF) is a condition caused by a fungus which grows on or in the top layer of the skin. Fungi grow best in warm, moist places like the area between the toes.

The condition is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on shoes, towels, or floors.

Causes

It is caused by the same type of fungus which causes jock itch (tinea cruris) and ringworm. Damp shoes and socks and warm, humid conditions favor the fungi’ growth.

Symptoms

There are many possible signs and symptoms of AF, including:

  • toenails which pull away from the nail bed;
  • stinging, itching, and burning between the toes;
  • thick, discolored, and crumbly toenails;
  • stinging, itching, and burning on the soles of the feet;
  • raw skin on the feet;
  • dry skin on the sides or soles of the feet;
  • peeling and cracking skin on the feet, most frequently between the toes and on the soles;
  • blisters on the feet which itch.

Corns & Calluses

They are annoying and occasionally painful skin conditions which consist of thickenings in the skin, in areas of repeated pressure. They typically develop on the toes and feet or fingers and hands.

Although calluses and corns are commonly talked about together, they are separate conditions. For instance:

  • corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. They tend to develop on parts of the feet which don’t bear weight, like the sides and tops of the toes and even between the toes.
  • calluses are hard and rough-feeling areas of skin which can develop on feet, hands, or anywhere there is repeated friction.

Spiritual Meaning of Athlete’s Footinfection

Such a condition indicates that my mind is irritated or annoyed, that I feel limited or incapable of moving forward as I would like to, now or in the future.

I have a difficulty accepting myself and I would like to have the acceptance and admiration of the people around me, just like an “athlete” who has succeeded and is admired. But I feel exactly the opposite, I feel rejected and I wonder if I have to retreat in order to find my peace?

Spiritual Meaning of Corns and Calluses

I don’t see all the positive aspects of life and so I can not take full advantage of it. In the case of corns, the difference from calluses lies in the much more vivid and intense pain, which indicates a feeling of guilt. This reveals the fear of confidently moving forward into the unknown.

I accept whatever is bothering me so much that it prevents me from going forward. I accept to banish all these negative thoughts and guilty feelings.

Prevention

The following tips can help you avoid these conditions:

  • Don’t share shoes. Sharing increases the risk of spreading a fungal infection.
  • Treat your feet. Use powder, preferably antifungal, on your feet daily.
  • Protect your feet in public places. Wear waterproof shoes or sandals around public showers, pools, and locker rooms.
  • Alternate your pairs of shoes. Don’t wear the same pair every day so that you give your shoes time to dry after each use.
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Avoid shoes made of synthetic material, like vinyl or rubber.
  • Dry between your toes after a bath or shower.
  • Change socks regularly. If your feet get very sweaty, change your socks two times per day.
  • Keep your feet dry, particularly between your toes. Go barefoot to let your feet air out as much as possible when you are at home.
  • Have a regular diet low in trans-fats, animal products (meat, dairy products, and eggs), food additives and high in fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system.
  • Reduce your emotional stress by practicing a daily meditation, having healthy sleeping patterns, and spending time in nature – preferably during the day for extra vitamin D.
Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907807/
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2277.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095955315301396