The Best Diabetic Socks: Features & What They Offer – DIABETIC SOCK CLUB

What Are the Best Diabetic Socks?

Many people around the world suffer from diabetes. If you or someone close to you suffers from diabetes, you have probably heard of taking extra precautionary measures. These protect the limbs from any complications that, in worst-case scenarios, may lead to amputation or even a gangrene infection, which may cost you your life. It is better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, being cautious about your diet and adapting to necessary lifestyle modifications is essential for a diabetic person to lead a healthy, care-free life.

Having diabetes means you are constantly at risk of foot infections, injuries, and delayed healing time processes. Moreover, you may experience damage to the nerves, which causes a numb-like sensation in your feet. A collection of the above symptoms may bring about serious consequences. A diabetic-friendly lifestyle might require you to obtain some special item that help with the sensitivity of your limbs. Diabetic socks, for instance, could help you easily address current and common issues that you may be facing with your feet and is a good leap towards self-care.

This article will walk you through all there is to know about diabetic socks, their types, and how you may benefit from. This way, you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

What’s so special about diabetic socks?

Diabetic socks are not the ordinary socks you can find lying around anywhere. These socks are tailor-made using medicated materials such as fabrics of acrylic or those with synthetic fibers. These restrict the build-up of moisture. They come in almost every size, ideal for different types of feet, and to ensure extra protection, come with careful padding.

Most diabetic socks you will see are relatively thicker, which not only aids in the process of healing ulcers, cuts, or blisters, but also prevents them from occurring in the first place. These socks are seamless and typically non-binding.

What are diabetic socks and their types?

The main features of a pair of diabetic socks include the ability to keep feet dry at all times to prevent excess moisture from reaching the foot. They also stimulate regular blood flow instead of constricting it. These features reduce the risk of a foot injury or mitigate the chances of a serious complication. While you are out buying diabetic socks, you should only buy the best. To find them, they must have at least a few of the following features:

  • Seamless- A person with diabetes has to be extra careful when dealing with a diabetic foot. It would not be considered an exaggeration if we were to say that even the smallest of bumps on your foot could come with severe complications and impacts. Seam-based socks might easily be able to rub against the skin on your feet. This causes friction and ultimately leads to ulcers and blisters, an undesirable outcome for diabetic feet. The best of diabetic socks include a seamless finish. They have an inverse lining too i.e., the thread that links all the toes together on the sock is on the outside instead of the inside.
  • Non-constricting- Diabetic socks promote the flow of blood rather than constricting it, which could also lead to infections. They must be non-constricting in nature, along with being loose and comfortably stretchy. These socks must be so carefully handcrafted and loose that you should barely even feel like you are wearing socks. Some diabetic patients might suffer from complications of circulation issues; tight socks are prone to causing a hindrance in regulating a healthy flow of blood. Therefore, you must be careful while selecting the proper kind of fit and type of diabetic sock.
  • Padded soles- Socks with padding in sensitive areas like your heels provide an extra source of cushioning for sensitivity. The padding is in areas prone to receiving cuts and blisters, so it prevents injuries while increasing the level of comfort that you feel. The pads are typically sewn in and are made up of silicone pads, a thick layer of fabric, or a type of gel.
    It is also important you look out for the type of padded socks that go well with the kinds of chores or activities you experience in your daily life. If you play sports, you’ll want toe-padding, while those who are engaged in activities where you have to stand for long periods would require padding under the heel.
  • Warmth- Socks must never restrict even a non-diabetic person’s blood circulation to the feet, let alone a diabetic patient having to deal with issues in their blood flow. Diabetic symptoms could include the restriction of blood vessels, which automatically decreases the usual flow of blood. Look out for socks that are designed with special types of fabric that will keep your feet warming while improving blood circulation.
  • White sole- Diabetic patients who suffer from a compromised sensation or could hardly feel their feet; they must opt for socks with white soles as it assists them in being aware of a wound that is being drained. Stains that may be a cause of infections, sores, blisters, or open wounds would be very evident on white soles and might need immediate medical assistance before things are complicated.
  • Moisture-wicking- To care for the health of your foot, a wide variety of diabetic socks are available. Manufacturers design them with the help of advanced technology. Socks made up of synthetic fabrics and yarns, nylon, and polyester, for instance, help in the elimination of moisture from the sock and dry quite quickly. A dry foot is a perfect condition a diabetic patient would want to deal with; not only is it super comfy and long-wearing, but it also helps prevent skin infections.
  • Anti-microbial- While the diabetic socks must keep your foot dry, good socks are those that are medicated with an anti-fungi and microbial technology that stops bacteria and other forms of fungi growing in areas where moisture is most likely to appear. Preventing bacterial growth eliminates opportunities for bad odor and infections from growing, keeping your foot healthy.
  • Soft yarns- These specially designed socks are made from textured fabrics that feel light and soft on the skin; it produces minimal to no friction and gently rubs against your foot. Bamboo fibers are an ideal option that prevents rough chaffing on the skin.
  • Smart technology- These socks might a bit on the pricey end, considering the smart technology used in it. These socks are designed with sensors embedded tracking the temperature of your foot to alert the patient with an app if a blister is forming or an open wound is draining. These socks have a life of around six months and come with a battery (about the size of a coin) that can be found on the outside of the sock towards the ankle.

Maintenance of diabetic socks

Since these socks are of a special kind, you must give special importance and care for your socks as well. Diabetic socks can be used for daily wear, and those who require extra care and need them must wear these socks everyday religiously while washing them frequently to maintain a healthy foot. Most diabetic socks wear off within six months (depends on how regularly you wear them)if you wear them regularly and roughly. To increase the life of these socks, you can consider washing them in a washing machine while placing them in a net garment bag and drying them on low heat. You can also use a shaver or sweater comb to get rid of the fabric pills that form on it. The socks must be discarded at all costs during the initial signs of wear and tear, any hole or rips within the fabric is a sign that these socks must be discarded as soon as possible as it defies the purpose of being a ‘diabetic sock.’

Benefits of wearing diabetic socks

Those people who suffer from different forms of diabetes may have issues with compromise on sensation and may have trouble detecting pain. Diabetic socks, in most cases, are not only helpful but are also necessary when you want to maintain proper foot health. Using regular socks might be more of a risk as the friction and moisture produced could lead to infections and ulcers. Ordinary socks also mean you are putting more pressure on your foot while being entirely unaware of it. With diabetic socks, you can have added protection without worrying about seriously damaging or injuring your feet.

Using diabetic socks are ideal for all kinds of feet. Whether you experience any of the symptoms such as discomfort in your feet, you will find that you are much more energetic and at ease while wearing diabetic socks. They prove to be perfect for all sizes and are quite enjoyable. Ensure you stay healthy while protecting your feet and providing extra comfort to it.

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  • I don’t see any diabetic ankle length socks that are compression. Does anyone make such a sock?

    Merlin F Alexander

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