Athletes Foot is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes? It is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It can also spread to the toenails and the hands. Athlete’s foot isn’t serious, but sometimes it’s hard to cure. Athlete’s foot occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. If you have Diabetes or a weakened immune system and suspect you have athlete’s foot, you should call your Podiatrist.