If you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is important and should be a part of your daily health routine. Fungal infections are common in people with diabetes and if left untreated, may lead to more severe foot problems.
Consult your doctor if you are unsure if you have athlete’s foot before using an OTC antifungal treatment. It is especially important to talk to your doctor if you have neuropathy, vascular disease or foot deformities.
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 foot problems.
Athlete’s foot is more common in people with diabetes, but can be cured with antifungal treatments like LamisilAT®.
Athlete’s foot causes dry, cracked skin, which can leave people with diabetes vulnerable to more serious complications such as cellulitis, bacterial infections or even ulcers.
Itching and burning are common symptoms of athlete’s foot, but may go un-noticed in people with neuropathy.
Don’t treat athlete’s foot with lotion or a non-medicated powder. Only an antifungal medication like LamisilAT® can treat athlete’s foot.
The best way to beat fungus is to avoid it altogether. Take control of your 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 fungus-free.See LamisilAT® Athlete’s Foot Products
For more information about living with diabetes, visit the ADA website.
Here are some simple tips to maintain healthy feet and keep them fungus-free.
Thoroughly inspect your feet every day, including between your toes. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help. If you find red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or some other abnormality, consult your doctor.
Wear clean cotton socks, and change them during the day if feet become sweaty. Alternate shoes every day to allow them to dry completely. Use LamisilAF Defense® Spray Powder to help absorb wetness.
Avoid walking barefoot, especially in wet public areas like showers or pool side.
See your doctor for an annual foot exam.
Medicare Part B Medical Insurance covers footwear for people suffering from diabetes. You can get one pair of therapeutic shoes and inserts every calendar year. It also covers shoe modifications instead of inserts.