Tinea pedis

Last Updated: 2021-10-15

Author(s): Anzengruber, Navarini

Athlete's foot, tinea pedum, athlete's foot. 

Fungal disease of the feet.

  • categorisation 
    • Dyshidrotic guy.
    • Hyperkeratotic-rhagadiform type.

    • Interdigital type.
    • Moccasin guy.
    • Oligosymptomatic type. 

Incidence: 20%- 80%.

  • Causative organism 
    • Trichophyton rubrum (about 80%).
    • Trichophyton mentagrophytes (about 10%).
    • Epidermophyton floccosum (approx. 4%).

    • Microsporum canis.
    • Microsporum gypseum.
  • Predisposing factors:
  • Foot malpositions..
  • Frequent wearing of tight shoes.
  • Traumas.
  • Hyperhidrosis.
  • Circulatory disorders (acrocyanosis).
  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Peripheral neuropathy.

  • Family disposition.
  • Male gender.
  • Infection by dermatophytes (see above). The transmission can take place from person to person or via the floor (indoor swimming pool).
  • Dyshidrotic foot eczema type: Plantar, dyhidrotic vesicles located particularly in the arch of the foot. 
  • Interdigital type: Interdigital rhagades and dry scales. 

  • Moccasin type: Whitish, scaly plaques. The distribution reminds of moccasins.

  • Hyperkeratotic-rhagadiformer type: In the foreground are the pronounced hyperkeratoses. Often there is painfulness when walking when rhagades exist. 
  • Oligosymptomatic type: Interdigital minimal redness, and fine flaking. Hyperkeratosis can be observed at the edges of the feet.
  • Clinic.
  • Detection of pathogens (dandruff, pustules: native and culture; biopsy)   

  • Erysipelas.
  • Contact allergy.

  • Tinea unguium.
  • Canesten® (clotrimazole) spray 2-3x week.
  • CAVE: Prolonged topical antimycotic treatment can lead to a gram-negative forefoot infection (expulsion of gram-positive flora). 

Chronic course. 

Therapy of the 1st choice after Lebwohl 

Clotrimazole A
Miconazole A

Therapy of the 2nd choice after Lebwohl

Terbinafin 1% A
Ciclopirox A

Therapy of the 3rd choice after Lebwohl

Photodynamic Therapy D
          Terbinafin A
          Itraconazole A
          Fluconazole A
          Griseofulvin A


  • Topical Therapy
  • Clotrimazole cream (Canesten® cream)

  • Terbinafin Cream (Terbinafin® Cream 1%, Lamisil® Cream, Lamisil® Pedisan Once-Lsg. 1%, Lamisil® Spray)

  • Ketoconazole cream (Nizoral® cream 2%)

  • Amorolfine cream (Loceryl® 0.25% cream)

  • Crisesofulvin cream: not available in Switzerland

  • #Bifonazole cream: not available in Switzerland
  • Econazole cream (Pevaryl® cream 1%)
  • Ciclopirox cream (Ciclocutan® cream or similar)



  • The spaces between the toes should always be kept dry.
  • Walking barefoot should be avoided.
  • Since the socks and shoes can also contain mushrooms, we recommend: Wash all (!) socks at least 60°C.
  • Consistent disinfection of footwear (e.g.: with commercially available disinfection spray such as (e.g.: Octenisept®-Spray).


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