Diabetes Athlete's Foot Problems and Foot Care

Diabetes sufferers are often more prone to fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. If foot fungus is left untreated, it may lead to more serious health problems.


Special care for people with diabetes and foot fungus

Foot problems are one of the most worrying complications of diabetes, as even minor issues can quickly turn serious. If you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is vital and should be a part of your daily health routine to help avoid diabetic foot problems.

Read more about how to prevent athlete's foot if you have diabetes.

Know the Facts About Athlete's Foot and Diabetes

Managing diabetes can feel like a full-time job, so don’t let athlete’s foot complicate things. Educate yourself and follow these tips to prevent athlete’s foot and other diabetic foot problems.

Athlete's foot may be more common in people with diabetes

Athlete's foot is more common in people with diabetes but can be cured with antifungal treatments such as LamisilAT.

Dry cracked skin caused by athlete's foot may lead to more serious complications for people with diabetes

Athlete’s foot causes dry, cracked skin that can leave people with diabetes vulnerable to more serious complications such as foot ulcers, cellulitis and other bacterial infections.

Itchy feet may go unnoticed by people with diabetes

Itchy feet and burning are common symptoms of athlete's foot but they may go unnoticed in people with neuropathy.

Treat Athlete's foot as soon as possible if you have diabetes

Treat athlete’s foot as soon as possible. Don’t waste time using lotions or a nonmedicated powders. Only an antifungal medication such as LamisilAT can kill athlete's foot.

If you are diabetic and unsure if you have athlete's foot, consult your doctor before using an OTC antifungal treatment.

It's especially important to talk to your doctor if you have neuropathy, vascular disease, or foot deformities. For more information about living with diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.

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Athlete's Foot Care for Diabetic Feet

Athlete’s foot is a particular concern for diabetics as they may suffer from weakened immune and circulatory systems.

For people with diabetes, high blood glucose levels can increase the risk of fungal infections starting and help feed their spread more quickly. High blood sugars also make infections more resistant to treatment and slow down the body's healing process.

Diabetes can cause nerve damage and lessen the ability to feel small skin injuries where foot fungus can easily infect the skin. The symptoms of athlete's foot, such as itching or burning, may also go unnoticed.

When infected with athlete’s foot, skin becomes prone to cuts and abrasions. For people suffering from diabetes, this increases the chance of developing ulcers or serious bacterial infections such as cellulitis.

For this reason, it's highly recommended that people suffering from diabetes check their feet every day and see a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist specializes in medical foot care, including the prevention of athlete's foot, and assists with the application of medication.

Take control of your diabetes foot health with LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder. It is clinically proven to prevent most athlete's foot while providing relief from symptoms. It also absorbs wetness, keeping your feet dry and foot fungus free.

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Visit the American Diabetes Association website for more information about living with diabetes.

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How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems

The best way to beat foot fungus is to avoid it altogether.

Here are some simple tips to maintain diabetic healthy feet and keep them free of athlete's foot.

Inspect feet daily for diabetic foot problems

Thoroughly inspect your feet every day, including between your toes to make sure the skin there looks healthy. If you cannot see the soles of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help. If you find red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or any other abnormality, consult your doctor immediately. Cut nails carefully or visit a podiatrist or chiropodist instead. Never treat corns or calluses yourself. Attend regular foot check-ups with your doctor or podiatrist.

Wear clean seam-free cotton socks and change socks daily

Wear well-fitted, well-ventilated shoes and use orthotics devices if necessary to support and protect diabetic feet. Wear clean, seam-free cotton socks — seams may cause pressure sores on your feet that can go unnoticed if you suffer from neuropathy. Change socks daily or more often if feet become sweaty. Alternate shoes every day to allow them to dry inside completely. Use LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder to help absorb excess moisture.

Avoid diabetic foot problems by not walking barefoot — even indoors

Never walk barefoot — even indoors. A minor injury can quickly become a serious foot ulcer. Always use sandals, flip flops or shower shoes in damp or wet public areas such as gyms, locker rooms, showers or poolside. Gently wash your feet in warm, never hot, water every day and then thoroughly dry especially between the toes. Improve your circulation with daily exercise and avoid crossing your legs when sitting down.