Pool toe is a nonspecific term that may refer to a variety of changes that may affect the toes of swimmers who use a swimming pool.

Usually "pool toe" refers to skin abrasions from rough surfaces in and around concrete pools. The patient presents with pain with erythema along the plantar surface of the foot. In severe cases there may be blistering or bleeding.


There may also be an element of chemical irritation from components of the cement.


The presence or development of calluses on the soles of the feet reduce the level of injury. Wearing pool shoes or other foot protection can avoid the problem.


The term may also encompass:

(1) dermatophyte infection (tinea pedis)

(2) thermal burn from hot surface during the summer

(3) contact dermatitis

(4) bacterial infection (Pseudomonas species, Staphylococcus aureus)

(5) erythromelalgia

(6) Raynaud's

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