More than half the population will at one time or another develop athlete’s foot, a fungal infection on the skin of the feet. It causes itching, burning or scaling of the skin, especially between the toes or on the soles. Also known as tinea pedis, it affects men more than women, and it becomes more common with older age. Excessive moisture and lack of airflow around the feet predispose people to infection with the fungus. To decrease your chances of contracting athlete’s foot, avoid walking barefoot in public locker rooms and showers, keep feet clean, dry and in shoes that allow ventilation. Many business professionals wearing leather shoes for most of the day are suffering the most from athletes foot, as well as school children asked to wear closed, leather shoes as part of their daily school Uniform.