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How to start using diabetic socks

When you have diabetes, either little to no insulin is produced by your body or none to control glucose levels in your blood, or your body develops insulin resistance.


The eventual outcome of this regulation problem is that glucose levels in your blood might rise dangerously, damaging your blood vessels. As a result, your body has a more challenging time directing blood rich in nutrients and oxygen where it needs to go. This is especially true in areas like your feet, where your blood must battle gravity and a long distance.


Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder with inadequate blood supply to the feet, which can cause nerve damage. The symptoms of this peripheral nerve injury include sensory loss, weakness, tingling, pain, and burning sensations.


Who should use diabetic socks?


Not everyone with diabetes needs to wear these socks, but if you have foot ulcers, nerve damage, or reduced pedal pulses, you should consider moving from regular socks to diabetic socks.


Additionally, wearing diabetic socks is strongly advised if your feet cannot detect temperature changes, you frequently sustain foot injuries or friction burns, or you are prone to edema, numbness, redness, or irritation patches. Diabetic socks can aid with edema reduction and significantly lower the risk of deep vein thrombosis in pregnant women with gestational diabetes.


For people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and diabetic neuropathy, diabetic socks are a must-have travel gear. They are unquestionably the best for travel because they can lessen edema and the chance of blood clots brought on by prolonged sitting. Look for socks with light compression that can aid circulation if you intend to travel by plane.


How to start using diabetic socks


You must remember these two main categories of treatment methods for peripheral neuropathy before using diabetic socks.


  • First, there are treatments for any underlying illness that might harm the nerves.

  • Second, medical professionals offer treatments and prescribe drugs to lessen neuropathy's distressing symptoms. It is especially crucial to address the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy since some might lead to significant medical issues (for instance, foot numbness can increase your risk of injuring your foot and getting an infection).

The second kind of treatment is where diabetic socks are most helpful. In other words, rather than addressing the root causes of peripheral neuropathy, they effectively treat its symptoms.



Why use diabetic socks?


You now know how these particular socks work, as you already know that wearing diabetic socks can help with nerve pain symptoms. Not everyone with diabetes needs diabetic socks, but those who do can benefit from them because they:

  • Help keep your feet dry to prevent fungal and bacterial infections

To support the maintenance of a healthy foot, numerous socks are now knit with unique yarns infused with cutting-edge technology. The special fabric combinations used to create diabetic socks assist in "wicking away" moisture and keep your feet dry during strenuous activity or a long workday. The capacity of diabetic socks to keep your feet dryer than regular socks may be the most significant attribute that helps people with diabetes.


Your foot's capacity to heal minor wounds or blisters is significantly impacted by the moisture that comes with a long day in typical socks and shoes, putting you at risk of severe infections. Healthy feet are maintained by wearing diabetic socks that have been treated with anti-microbial technology to stop the formation of bacteria and fungi in the moist areas of the foot.


Combinations of spandex, bamboo, elastic, lycra, cotton, nylon, and viscose are frequently used in the construction of diabetic socks.


  • Protect feet from cuts and blisters through seamless and extra padding 

The slightest protrusion can severely harm the diabetic foot. Seamed socks may injure diabetic feet by rubbing against the skin and resulting in blisters or sores. With inverse linking, which keeps the ends of the toe-connecting thread outside rather than within the sock, the best diabetic socks are seamless.


Most diabetic socks also include additional cushioning in critical regions where blisters frequently develop, such as on your heels and the balls of each foot, and have no seams to prevent painful rubbing on the tips of your toes.


These parts of the foot need to be protected even more because they are typically the most vulnerable to shock forces if you walk a lot, whether for work or exercise.


  • Boost circulation to promote warmth and healing

Diabetic socks are made to fit comfortably without any restriction, unlike regular socks, which may cause moderate restriction and leave noticeable compression lines around the ankle. Diabetic socks should have a loose, non-restrictive fit and a super stretch design.


Keeping your feet warm may be more difficult if your blood flow is impaired. You may avoid that uncomfy experience of freezing toes during winter by wearing socks that are made to enhance circulation and prevent restriction!


  • Increase awareness of bleeding cuts with its white material

Even the slightest scrapes or blisters may go unnoticed until they have developed an infection if you have neuropathy, which affects the sensation in your toes and feet.


Most diabetic socks are white, which makes infections, open cuts, and sores that require prompt attention undeniable. Although it may seem apparent, it may be the only thing that alerts you to a foot issue in time to avoid potentially dangerous complications.


How to care for diabetic socks


Given the advantages of diabetic socks, maintaining them is crucial so you can use them for a more extended period.


You should wear a fresh, clean pair of diabetic socks every day. By doing this, you can keep your feet dry and clean and check to see if you have any new sores that are draining that require treatment.


You can wash the best diabetic socks in your regular load of laundry, ideally on the warm cycle. In a mesh laundry bag, wash them. It is advised against using fabric softeners and chlorine bleach because these harsh chemicals will reduce the lifespan of the socks. They can either be dried on low heat or let air dry.


Replace any pilled fabric and your socks at the first indication of wear. Regularly check your socks for any rips, holes, or loose threads because the diabetic foot might become injured by any protrusion.

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