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A 24-year-old female asked:

Peeling on back of toes, rough soles. athletes foot? after washing or rubbing athletes foot in they're a bit sore/sensitive. think it's athletes foot.

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
Possibly: Tinea pedis can be associated with peeling and itching but is often in moist places as between your toes. There are over the counter powders and sprays that might help. Make sure you are using cotton socks and you may want to change your sneakers. Let your doctor have a look.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Tinea pedis: Tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the feet, common in people who wear closed shoes that trap moisture. It is characterized by flaking, cracking and peeling of the skin. This condition is treated with over the counter medications specifically for this purpose, and is prevented by keeping the feet dry and avoiding exposure from public showers, etc.
Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Prob not athlete ft: This sounds more like a condition which is caused by dry skin and "cracking" of the skin with resulting fissures. If this is the case, there is a medication called Lac-hydrin that can be purchases OTC. Using this for about ten days should control the problem If still having issues, then apt with primary care DR is suggested.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
One way for you : To treat it if you feel it is athletes foot is simply to apply athletes foot cream and if it goes away then likely you were correct in your diagnosis. Athletes foot however does not make your feet feel sore. It looks like dry skin but usually has a pattern to it like scaly skin, peeling skin, or little circles withe the center missing but the little ring left behind. A podiatrist or dermatologist

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