Famous People Who’ve Had Athlete’s Foot & Fungal Nails

No one likes to admit they were frolicking barefoot in public and fell prey to a disgusting foot fungus! Yet, these conditions are so common that even the most idolized figures in society can contract, so you needn’t feel ashamed. Athlete’s foot affects one in 10 people in North America and toenail fungus is said to affect 14% of Americans. Check out some of the celebrities who have allegedly had tinea pedis or onychomycosis…

Cristiano Ronaldo

According to the tabloids, famous soccer hunk Cristiano Ronaldo has feet that are plagued by everything from bunions and corns, to athlete’s foot. The article questions, “One has to wonder if he has ever scheduled a pedicure in between his full-body waxes and Gucci shopping sprees.” It’s no surprise an athlete of his caliber would catch athlete’s foot, considering it’s primarily spread on locker room and shower floors. Athlete’s foot can be cured using over-the-counter medication or prescription pills, but with his corns and calluses, “it looks like a trip to the podiatrist is in order,” says Tabloid Prodigy. 

Kate Moss

Sometimes, celebrities can really pay the price for living the high life. Just ask supermodel Kate Moss! According to the UK SunKate had to give up alcohol for a while to take powerful antibiotics for her foot fungus infection back in 2009. Rumor has it, she picked up the fungus after “a dodgy pedicure in New York.” She usually goes to beauty salons in five-star hotels, but this one time she popped into a parlor in Chinatown. A source close to the model allegedly reported that she “regrets the decision now, as the nail on her big toe on her right foot has turned yellow and has become really thick and ugly.” She was terribly annoyed that she had to go a whole summer without wearing open-toe sandals.


Last year, singer Madonna debuted a brand new fragrance. Unfortunately, the focus was on her feet when it was discovered she had thick, yellowed toenails — a clear sign of onychomycosis toenail fungus! Foot expert Margaret Dabbs argued that the singer may have been suffering from “exercise-related trauma on her nail” that damaged the nail bed, giving the appearance of a fungus nail. We may never know for sure, but a podiatrist would be able to give the “Material Girl” the diagnosis she needs to either have nail debridement done professionally or see a laser nail clinic to have the fungus zapped.

John Madden

We don’t know that John Madden ever had athlete’s foot, but he sure took one for the team by agreeing to be the official spokesperson for “tough-actin’ Tinactin,” a popular athlete’s foot spray. Shortly thereafter, his NFL broadcasting career abruptly ended. Did his endorsement hurt him? One thing is for sure: we’ll never forget that popular slogan!

The Last Word About Celebrity Foot Fungus:

Foot fungus — particularly toenail fungus — can be difficult to get rid of, given the propensity for recurrence. In addition to prescribed medication, proper hygiene is essential in preventing the fungus from ever returning. The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer eradicates up to 99.9% of the fungus living inside shoes to keep the feet as sanitary as possible. Other than that, it’s important to wash the feet daily, clean all socks thoroughly, and check the feet for cuts, blisters, ingrown nails, or other ways fungus can get into the body. A regular visit to the podiatrist wouldn’t hurt either!

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  1. Anti fungal medicine
    Anti fungal medicine says:

    I like the idea that the toenail fungus is probably not a toenail fungus. Many people assume that they have it, when 9/10 they do not. Also if their treatment is not working, we have found that making sure that they are actually using the treatment in the most effective way also helps and have increased cure rates.

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