Athlete's Foot Symptoms

Athlete's foot symptoms can be painful and unsightly, and can make walking difficult especially when persistent and left untreated.

Here's what you need to know about common athlete's foot symptoms:

  • Itching or burning between your toes or on the soles of your feet.
  • White, wet-looking skin or a red rash between your toes.
  • Dry, scaly, peeling, flaky or cracked skin on your feet or between your toes.
  • Blisters or ulcers on your foot that can be painful.
  • Smelly feet and a strong foul odor in more severe cases of athlete's foot infections.

LamisilAT products are proven to cure most athlete's foot between the toes with 7 days of treatment.

Bottom of Foot
Where to see athlete's foot symptoms on your feet

Athlete's Foot Pictures — Signs of Athlete's Foot

Click a hotspot to learn about athlete's foot symptoms.

Between Your Toes

See example athlete's foot pictures

You may see scaling, peeling and flaking of the skin between your toes. Or the skin may be soft and white from excess moisture, which allows the fungus to grow. Both may be signs of athlete's foot.

Bottom of Your Feet

See example athlete's foot pictures

You can get athlete's foot on the soles of your feet, though this is not common. Athlete's foot symptoms on the bottom of your feet may appear as dry, scaly skin and can reoccur often if left untreated.

What Are the Signs of Athlete's Foot?

Athlete’s foot symptoms can range from mild to severe and include one or more of the following:


  • Red, scaly rash — Athlete’s foot commonly starts with a red rash between the toes, typically between the fourth and fifth toe.
  • White skin — If left untreated the skin between the toes may become soft and white caused by excessive moisture.
  • Itching — Toes and feet may feel itchy and you may have a strong urge to scratch them.
  • Peeling — The skin between your toes or on the sole of your feet may peel.
  • Cracking — Skin may crack and small fissures appear between your toes or on the soles of your feet as the fungal infection deepens.
  • Dry, scaly skin — If athlete’s foot spreads to the soles of your feet, it can cause dry, scaly skin across the entire sole and up the sides of the foot. This is known as a moccasin infection.
  • Stinging or burning pain — As the fungus penetrates deeper into the skin, it may irritate nerve endings making walking and other activities painful.
  • Blisters — Itchy blisters may appear on the soles or top of the foot. Blisters may burst causing pain and swelling.
  • Painful ulcers — if athlete’s foot is left untreated, painful ulcers may develop that ooze a smelly discharge.
  • Toenails — Athlete’s foot fungus can spread to the toenails which may thicken, become discoloured or crumbly. If the foot fungus infection worsens, the nail may lift away from the nail bed.
  • Skin colour — In severe cases of athlete’s foot, the skin may develop a green color.

By scratching or touching areas affected by athlete's foot, the fungus can spread to the hands (tinea manuum) or other areas of the body (tinea corporis). It is important to wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after touching infected areas.

Washing Legs in Shower

Who Is at Greater Risk of Getting Athlete's Foot?

Anyone can get athlete's foot but some people are more prone to this type of fungal infection. If you have diabetes, you should visit your doctor at the first sign of athlete's foot.

Athlete's foot pictures - weakened immune system

People who suffer from diabetes or who have a weakened immune system.

Athlete's foot pictures gym and working out

Athletes and people who regularly work out.

Athletes foot pictures of warm humid conditions and climates

People who live or work in warm, humid climates.

Athletes foot images footwear and boots

Workers who are required to wear specialized footwear such as boots.

Athletes Foot. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2016, from

Athlete's Foot. (2016, August 19). Retrieved November 10, 2016, from

By clicking the link(s) above, you will be taken to an external website that is independently operated and not managed by GSK. GSK assumes no responsibility for the content on the website. If you do not wish to leave this website, do not click on the links above.

Athlete's Foot Treatment Options

Use as directed

LamisilAT Cream

Full prescription strength. Proven to cure most athlete's foot with 1-week of treatment.*

*When used as directed.

Use as directed

LamisilAT Spray

The only 1-week (twice-a-day) athlete's foot spray. Liquid spray for easy, no-touch application.

Use as directed

LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder

Relieves symptoms while absorbing wetness.