“Tinea pedis presents as irritating, redness, inflamed regions of the feet that may be located on the sole (vesicular type) or lateral aspects (moccasin type) of the foot and sometimes between the toes (interdigital type). Three main general of fungi may cause tinea pedis, trichophyton, epidermophyton, and microsporum. Other nondermatophyte fungi like malasseziafurfur, corynebacterium minutissimum and candida species may also cause tinea pedis.” (Hasan, Fitzgerald, Saoudian & Krishnaswamy, 2004).
Interdigital Tinea Pedis
“Interdigital tinea pedis is the most common form and usually manifests in the innerspace of the fourth and fifth digits and may spread to the underside of the toes. Patients often complain of itching and burning on the feet accompanied by malodor. There are generally two kinds of interdigital tinea pedis. The first kind is a scaly, dry type called dermatophytosis simplex. The skin of the interdigital space is dry with low grade peeling. The second type is called dermatophytosis complex. It is symptomatic and is wet with macerated interdigital spaces. In some cases, tinea pedis may mimic bacterial cellulitis due to the inflammatory components.” (Hasan et al., 2004).
Vesiculobullous Tinea Pedis
Vesiculobullous tinea pedis is the third type of dermatophyte infection of the feet. This type of tinea pedis usually causes pustules or vesicles on the instep and plantar surfaces of the feet. (Hasan et al., 2004).
Moccasin Type Tinea Pedis
“The moccasin type is a more severe prolonged form of tinea pedis that covers the bottom and lateral aspects of the foot. Its appearance is that of a slipper or moccasin covering the foot. The moccasin type of tinea pedis is mainly related to T. rubrum. The skin of the inflamed area is scaly and thick. Papules may be seen around the demarcation line of erythema that surrounds the foot.” (Hasan et al., 2004).