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What does a diabetic sock do?

Diabetic patients tend to become quite vulnerable because of their condition. Even in matters of feet, they develop chronic health issues. Even if you’ve never experienced any feet problems prior to becoming a diabetic, doctors and caregivers always recommend wearing socks and shoes all the time.

It is necessary to wear high-quality and well-fitting shoes, but the same consideration also goes for choosing diabetic socks.

What do diabetic socks do?

Diabetic socks are somewhat different from regular ones. They have a specific design that keeps your feet dry and eliminating the risk of a foot injury. For diabetics, blood circulation is vital for their feet, and socks with this purpose ensure enhanced circulation at all times.

In diabetes, you face the threat of damage to your circulatory and nervous systems. High blood sugar can give rise to a number of complications; therefore, it is essential to keep tight control of your blood sugar levels. You can manage your diabetes effectively with the right practices, including foot care.

Diabetic patients are at risk of suffering from diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage. This means decreased sensation in your feet, especially your soles. With this condition, it is all too easy to suffer from injuries, scrapes, and wounds, all of which can be detrimental to your health.

Another cause of concern in diabetes is that most patients are not able to feel a draining wound or an injury they sustain. Prolonged draining or delay in treatment can also prove fatal in the long run. Circulatory issues can tamper with your blood flow and delay healing. High blood sugar levels can also disturb your immune system if you are unable to bring them under control in time.

The above-mentioned complications can lead to you needing to undergo amputation, or in worst scenarios, even death. This is why patients who develop certain conditions may have to resort to using diabetic socks as an important part of their foot care.

Let’s look at the benefits diabetic socks provide:

  • Diabetic socks keep moisture away
  • Wick moisture
  • Enhance the blood circulation in your feet
  • Minimize the threat of fungal infections
  • Act as a buffer or cushion for your feet.

All these factors are the only means of protecting your feet from injuries, wounds, and scrapes.

DO ALL DIABETIC PATIENTS NEED DIABETIC SOCKS?

A large percentage of diabetic patients are fortunate not to have suffered from any foot-related complications during their chronic illness. For them, the regular variety of socks would suffice, as long as they are non-binding, comfortable, and fit well.

Such patients may make use of diabetic socks if they plan on traveling. Lengthy travel means long periods of sitting, which may increase the chances of blood clots or swelling.

For those who suffer from one or more of the following conditions must use diabetic socks regularly:

  • A decrease in the pedal pulse (this is a measurement that medical experts take behind your inner ankle and the top of your foot). This condition may relate to an increased risk of peripheral arterial disease, an alternation of atherosclerosis.
  • Have moist or sweaty feet frequently
  • Experience changes in the temperature or color of feet. Suffer nerve damage, experience irritation, fungal infections, or blisters.

Scientific evidence also suggests that female patients suffering from gestational diabetes face an increased risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Such patients may reduce the risk of blood clot formation by wearing diabetic socks.

FEATURES OF DIABETIC SOCKS

ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES

You will note how many diabetic socks feature silver or copper-infused yarn. The reason is that diabetic socks to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria in the feet, and these two yarns possess antimicrobial properties.

Socks with copper infusion prevent athlete’s foot from re-infecting the wearer, apart from being odor-free and comfortable.

EXTRA PADDING

You will find a variety of diabetic socks in the market; each of them suits the type of activity you frequently indulge in. The extra padding also helps in keeping injuries at bay. Manufacturers generally use silicone pads, gel, or thick fabric to sew in these pads. Thus, you get added protection.

Consider buying extra-padded socks if you have a job where you remain standing for the better part of the day or exercise regularly. If you like to play soccer or tennis often, consider buying the toe-padded socks for use.

SOFT YARNS

You can find diabetic socks featuring multiple fabrics in the market, even bamboo and wool pairs. These two fabrics possess natural antimicrobial properties that are beneficial for the wearer. Furthermore, the soft texture ensures there is no abrasion against the skin. You can also find specific brands that provide blister-guard yarns. These are the most helping in reducing or eliminating the blister-causing friction.

SMART TECHNOLOGY

If we’re taking maximum advantage of technology in every other aspect of our lives, we must use it for foot care too. Diabetes management can be easier with smart technology that embeds sensors inside the diabetic socks to track your foot temperature.

An app or so alerts the wearer if an ulcer is forming or an injury has occurred. The smart technology diabetic socks are run by coin-sized batteries in the interior of the socks, close to the ankle. You can use these socks for approximately six months before having to invest in another pair.

NON-BINDING

Diabetic socks are non-bind and do not squeeze your calves in any way. This is necessary because tight-fitted socks can disturb the easy circulation of blood to your feet and cause other complications.

SEAMLESS

Diabetic socks generally do not have seams along with the tow because any accidental rubbing may cause ulcers or blisters. This is especially important if a patient suffers from chronic hyperglycemia or neuropathy. It is also best to find diabetic socks in white color or with white soles to be able to spot a draining wound instantly.

Diabetes renders patients incapable of feeling wounds or injuries they sustain, and delay in treatment could be hazardous to health.

MOISTURE-WICKING

Diabetic socks have moisture-wicking material because they need to make room for the sweat to evaporate rapidly. In the case of sweat accumulation, the diabetic patient may fall victim to fungal infections apart from the bad odor of their feet.

Many recommend acrylic fibers over cotton because of its moisture-wicking power: the drier your feet, the lesser the chances of developing wounds and blisters.

LENGTHS

You find diabetic socks in all lengths easily. From ankle-length to no-shows, calf-length to crew-length and over the knees, name any length of your choice, and you will find available in the market aisles. In case you have issues with blood circulation, you would be wise to consult your healthcare provider about the perfect length of socks to wear.

MAINTENANCE

You can wear diabetic socks daily, but it is especially important for those patients who suffer from certain foot conditions. As it goes with your regular pair of socks, wash your socks after each use and try not to repeat a pair without washing it in between.

Most diabetic socks generally serve you well for six months, provided you take proper care of the pair. You can maximize the longevity of your socks by washing them in a mesh undergarments bag in your machine and drying them on low heat. If you wish to remove the fabric pulls, you can do so with a shaver or a sweater comb.

If you spot any rip or hole in the socks or any other sign of wear and tear, it is best to get rid of them and buy a new pair. You cannot compromise the health of your diabetic feet, after all.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIABETIC AND COMPRESSION SOCKS

There is a huge difference between compression socks and diabetic ones. You cannot mistake one for the other because they serve completely opposite purposes. Compression socks are for those who need their blood to return smoothly to the heart. These socks have to constrict more to facilitate this process.

It is not safe for diabetic patients to use compression socks at any time because the decrease in blood flow will cause foot complications rapidly. There are only certain exceptions when diabetic patients may use a pair of lighter degree compression socks, such as swelling in the feet, etc. This, too, after they consult their healthcare provider and have their approval to wear compression socks.

Lighter degree pairs are those that do not inhibit the blood flow but soothe swelling in a gentle way.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Diabetic management is no easy feat; patients have to constantly be careful about what they do, what they eat, and even what they wear. Any carelessness, mistakes, and even misconceptions in their daily care make room for disastrous consequences, such as amputation or even death ultimately. The best practice is to be as thorough and informed as possible, even in foot care.

Diabetic patients must only use accessories and other things in their diabetes management after consulting their doctors, even for the use of diabetic socks. It may not hurt to try a pair, but it is only right to do it after you have your medical expert’s approval and guidance.

 

2 comments

  • I like the white sock without a top binding. Size 13-15 in black. What is the name of this sock, none listed

    Kirtley thornton
  • Thank you very informative

    Morton cohen

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