What are non-binding socks? – DIABETIC SOCK CLUB

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What are non-binding socks?

People diagnosed with diabetes are at higher risk for complications associated with high blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar level is not kept on a healthy level, it can cause serious damage to the nerves in your feet. One complication that may occur is diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that damages the nerves in your legs and feet. 


Diabetic neuropathy symptoms can range from discomfort and numbness in your legs and feet to difficulties with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels, and heart depending on which nerves are impacted. Some people only experience minor signs and symptoms. Diabetic neuropathy, on the other hand, can be excruciatingly painful for certain people and can lead to amputation of limbs. Appropriate foot care and non-binding or diabetic socks are beneficial and necessary.


What are non-binding socks?


Non-binding socks, also called diabetic socks, improve a diabetic patient's blood circulation and promote proper blood circulation to prevent blood from clotting in the ankles and feet. Most importantly, non-binding socks are made without an elastic band at the top to prevent them from constricting the legs. While most regular or traditional socks that we are used to having elastic top bands to hold them up, it is dangerous for diabetics to use one, especially diabetic patients who are at risk of foot problems such as neuropathy, edema, and varicose veins.

 

The elastic top in regular socks can feel tight around your calves, causing a "rubber band effect," compromising your blood circulation. Regular socks may also cause moderate restriction, leaving compression marks or lines visible around your ankle, and non-Binding socks are designed to fit well without any restriction. Non-binding socks are non-constrictive and help aid blood circulation by avoiding pressure and constriction on the legs, which allows your blood to move more easily and freely. Proper circulation is important; allowing it can prevent diabetic foot problems from occurring and may even promote healing if they do occur!


It is not easy trying to find the perfect socks. Every person experiences different conditions and symptoms, that is why finding the right pair of socks that will cater to your needs is important the pair of socks that you should own should have the following characteristics: 


  • Seamless - A good pair of diabetic socks should be seamless. These socks without seams inside the toe part of the seams should be invisible or barely felt. Seamless socks can help prevent your skin from rubbing the material, which can cause blisters to develop, and if you have a wound, it may cause further complications.

  • Moisture-wicking - Diabetic socks should be able to keep your feet feel dry and fresh throughout the day or even during activity. A good diabetic sock is designed with moisture-wicking abilities that promote evaporation by allowing the moisture to travel along with the fabric rather than be absorbed. Sweat can cause skin infections to develop. Materials used to create moisture-wicking socks are Polyester, bamboo, wool, nylon, and many more.

 

  • Breathable and warm - Breathable fabrics can help keep your feet dry and warm. Diabetes can cause blood vessels to restrict, decreasing the circulation to the feet. Diabetic socks that have a breathable material keep your feet warm and help to improve blood circulation.

  • Square toe box - On closed-toe shoes, the toe box is the portion of the shoe that surrounds the toes. Toe boxes that don't fit properly can lead to injuries and deformities. Thus they should always be wide or long enough to comfortably accommodate the toes.

  • Fitted - Your diabetic socks should be fitted properly. If it's too loose, it will bunch up or keep falling, and if it's too tight, instead of helping your blood circulation, it will constrict and damage your legs and ankles.

  • Padded - Good diabetic socks should be padded to prevent injuries and will help to keep your feet feel comfortable and protected.

What to consider when choosing the right socks?


Choosing your socks entails selecting a pair that matches your specific demands as a diabetic. If you don't have neuropathy, you can simply wear the socks that make you feel the most comfortable. If you're experiencing new or worsening neuropathy symptoms, see your doctor or a healthcare practitioner discuss the next steps and which type of socks are best for you.


If you have neuropathy or developed one and are looking for a good pair of socks, consider your current condition first before buying any socks. Some people diagnosed with neuropathy experience dry and cracked skin on their feet. Socks with a less abrasive material can be the way to go, like socks made out of wool, combed cotton, nylon, and spandex. These materials are gentler on the skin.


If your neuropathy has progressed to the point that you have no feeling in your feet, you must wear custom-fit socks to avoid bunching and rubbing against your skin. It's also crucial to wear seamless socks to avoid future damage. When choosing socks, it's important to strike a balance between a comfortable fit and a pair that won't suffocate your feet. When purchasing diabetic socks, the most crucial factors to consider are comfort and protection.


How do non-binding socks stay up?


You might be asking how non-binding socks remain up if they don't have an elastic band top. Non-binding socks are constructed of a cotton/nylon/spandex blend that helps to uniformly disperse the tightness needed to keep the socks in place around your leg. This minimizes the "rubber band effect," but the precise fit of non-binding socks also helps prevent the loose fabric from rubbing against your skin, which can lead to blisters. 


Alpaca vs. Merino Socks


Wool textiles are made to keep you warm, and alpaca and Merino wool are two of the best quality and luxuriousness. Alpaca and merino wool are both animal-derived natural fibers. Merino comes from merino sheep's wool, while alpaca wool comes from the alpaca coat. Both alpaca and merino wool are more exotic than other varieties of wool. Hence they are more expensive. 


Alpaca Socks


  • Alpaca socks are significantly softer than merino, and it's not nearly as scratchy or itchy as a sheep's wool. The luxurious, ultra-soft is quite durable and lightweight.

  • Alpaca wool contains microscopic air pockets that trap heat from your body when it's cold outside and wick moisture away when it's hot, keeping your feet at the right temperature.

  • Alpaca wool, on average, holds less moisture than sheep's wool. Sheep's wool, for example, may keep up to 30% moisture, whereas alpaca wool can only hold 8%. When you're on your feet all day at work or doing other activities, the last thing you want is wet socks that are weighed down by sweat, which will only contribute to stinky feet and a breeding ground for bacteria.

  • Nurses, construction workers, military personnel, and others who spend a lot of time on their feet understand the value of comfortable, protective socks. Alpaca socks are silkier than merino socks, which helps avoid corns and blisters by providing a cushion against callus accumulation.

  • Lanolin is found in sheep's wool, notably merino wool, and can induce hypersensitivity in some people. Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic by nature, making it perfect for persons with sensitive skin.

  • Alpaca socks are also environmentally beneficial. This is because alpaca socks do not require the handwork that cashmere and other fine wool socks do. Furthermore, they're created with significantly less environmental impact than other wool, thanks to fair trade laws. Alpacas are never hurt in obtaining their wool; rather, it is a crucial aspect of proper herd management since it allows the farmer to view the body behind tons of thermal wool.

Merino Socks


  • Merino wool is temperature regulating, and this magnificent material has properties that can keep you warm on cold days and feel cold on warm days. 

  • Merino wool is water repellant; regardless of whether you are facing stickiness, downpour, or wet snow, the men's merino wool socks hold heat notwithstanding getting wet.

  • Merino wool is moisture-wicking and insulating. The material forestalls abrading by retaining and delivering dampness, corresponding with the human body's physiological capacity. Because of its wrinkled Merino filaments, the fleece additionally has solid protecting limits: it's loaded up with minuscule air pockets that keep in body heat. You can withstand any conditions in your Merino fleece.

  •  It is delicate and fine makes for a definitive solace against the skin; however, the actual fleece is normally long. The length of the fleece makes it a sturdy normal fiber. Pieces of clothing made of numerous more limited strands are bound to foster openings. Merino fleece has a characteristic pleat to it: the crease reinforces the material, making it stretch without any problem.

  • Merino fleece can work on the soundness of your skin. Merino wool socks manage mugginess, just as internal heat level. The antimicrobial properties of lanolin add to a sound microclimate for the skin.

Precautions


When diagnosed with diabetes, you must understand your situation or condition. You should be able to choose the pair that will meet your needs. Especially with the fit of your socks, you need to be especially careful about it because if you have poor blood circulation. You have the wrong pair of socks, it can limit the blood flow in your legs, limited blood flow to your feet can make diabetic foot injuries worse and slow the healing of the wounds that is why compression socks should be avoided for this particular reason. Although compression socks help blood flow, diabetic patients don't need constriction in the feet. 


Non-binding socks are the best option for diabetic patients because they don't restrict the feet from proper blood circulation. 


Benefits of non-binding or diabetic socks?


  • The most important characteristic of non-binding socks is their ability to keep your feet dryer than ordinary socks. Diabetic socks are made out of a special combination of fabric that helps wick away moisture and keeps your feet dry after a long day. 

  • Diabetic socks have no seams that prevent uncomfortable or unwanted rubbing on the tips of your toes that can cause blisters to develop. Most diabetic socks also come with extra padding in the important areas of your feet: the heels and balls of your feet that need protection. If you do a lot of walking, at work, or for exercise, this extra padding could be especially helpful in preventing blisters or corns.

  • The more advanced your neuropathy is, the more important it is to provide adequate blood flow to the affected areas. To keep blood vessels and nerves healthy, fresh blood transports oxygen. Diabetic socks are meant to fit comfortably without any restriction. However, regular socks may cause moderate restriction and leave obvious compression lines around your ankles. Wearing non-binding socks to enhance circulation and prevent restriction will help you avoid the uncomfortable feeling of freezing toes in the winter.

  • Diabetic socks or non-binding socks are mostly made with white material, and this helps when you've lost feeling in your toes and feet due to neuropathy. It can be easy for even the smallest cuts or blisters to go completely unnoticed until they've become infected. You are far more likely to notice a bleeding cut or blister by wearing white socks. While this may sound obvious, it could easily be the only thing that draws your attention to a problem on your foot in time to prevent dangerous complications.

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