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Athlete’s foot is a chronic fungal infection of the feet and toes that is common among military service members. Risk factors for infection include: •	High-intensity training •	Heavy sweating •	Protracted shoe/boot wearing •	Less frequent sock changes During field training exercises or deployment, service members may be exposed to additional risk factors for athlete’s foot including hot and humid ambient weather, poor skin hygiene, and close-quarter living. The condition’s most common clinical presentation is infection in the space between the toes. If left untreated this pattern of infection may cause… •	Softening and breaking down of skin resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture (maceration) •	Reddening of skin caused by congestion of the capillaries in the lower layers of the skin (erythema) •	Fissures of the skin These changes in the skin increase the risk of cellulitis, a serious bacterial infection of the skin capable of spreading to other parts of the body. Read this brief report “Tinea Pedis, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2000 – 2016,” which summarizes the impact of the condition among U.S. active component service members. Access the report in MSMR Vol. 24 No. 5 – May 2017 at Health.mil/MSMR.  Background graphic of the infographic is a pair of feet diagnosed with athlete’s foot but instead of showing breakage of skin we see the leg and foot of a military service member walking through water.

This infographic documents the risk factors for tinea pedis infections (athlete’s foot).

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