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Fungal infections of the foot in people with diabetes

Whilst the risk of foot lesions and infection in people with diabetes is well documented and widely researched, fungal infections of the foot are common yet less often reported in the literature. Therefore, the importance of foot health and assessment cannot be underestimated. Knowledge of the main types of fungal infections, why they occur and how to treat them is useful for prevention and management strategies for community nurses who support people with diabetes. This article outlines the key issues surrounding fungal infections in patients with diabetes, and presents an introduction to prevention and management strategies.

Peter Roberts BSc(Hons) MSc, FHEA, Senior Lecturer, Division of Podiatry and Clinical Sciences, University of Huddersfield.
Phil Holdich, MSc Health Professional Eductions, BSc (Hons) Healthcare studies, Professional Dimploma in Diabetes care, NDN, RGN. Senior Lecturer, Division of Podiatry and Clinical Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

Article accepted for publication: November 2011