Diabetic Socks Everything You Need to Know

There are several marketing techniques available in the market and you might feel that this is also one of the same that, how you being diabetic can think of buying socks and how special diabetic socks would be like! Some might think that this is a technique of earning money from people belonging to the Diabetes community. But you are a wrong dear friend!

We have realized several difficulties our diabetic friends have to face because of the same. Diabetes brings some side problems along with it that are broadly classified into 2 types- retinopathy and neuropathy.

In retinopathy, an individual faces a diminishing vision with time. Under neuropathy, and individual experiences numbness and weakness in many areas of the body like in the foot and toe region, scalp, stomach, etc due to dysfunction of 1 or more peripheral nerve.

Amongst the same, most of the patient often comes up with the complaint of numbness, swelling, and weakness in the foot region, and this condition is called Diabetic Foot. These problems are commonly related to chronic patients of diabetes.

If the sugar levels remain high persistently accompanied with high HbA1c levels, then they are potent enough damage blood vessels and nerves throughout the body. Where so ever is the affected area (most commonly the foot region) experiencing the maximum nerve damage, as much as the loss of sensation and stimuli of the overall affected area!

People experiencing diabetic foot often complain about problems like – 

  • Persistent tingling sensation in feet
  • Nails of the toes becoming thicker and brittle. Also, observed as crushed or clustered or yellowish.
  • Deviation in skin color of the affected is than normal.
  • No sensation or stimulus to heat, cold, pain against any cut, touch, etc.
  • Persistent burning sensation
  • Formation of corn with a thicker layer of skin.
  • Lower limbs often experience outgrowths like blisters and sores. These sores often turn into gangrene if not treated well on time.

These problems are not meant to happen to every diabetic patient. Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder and so are the problems related to the same. These complaints signs and symptoms are often seen with the patients who do not tend to take care of their body, movements, hygiene, and precautions related to health in a well effective manner.

What Are Diabetic Socks?

What Are Diabetic Socks

Diabetic socks are designed and planned in such a manner that they help to not let you fall in conditions like uncomfortable rubbing, itching, or outgrowth formation.

Instead, provide a comfortable environment for your foot to maintain proper blood circulation, preventing itching and rubbing, keeping the region dry so as not to provide micro-organism a suitable environment to grow and cause additional pathology

Diabetic socks help to make a safer environment for foot 

Ordinary socks and shoes can easily cause sweating and thus bringing side problems like itching, uncomfortable rubbing, etc. Sweat caused by the normal socks makes the environment damp and humid which is ultimately a best-suited environment for microbial growth.

These microbial growths are responsible for worsening the condition leading to the formation of blisters, sores, cuts, etc.

MediPEDS diabetic socks are made of a material including a combination of fabrics like spandex, bamboo, lycra, cotton, elastic, nylon, viscose, etc. which are best known for their absorbent properties.

Extra padding and zero seams the socks helps to prevent blisters

Zero seams help to avoid the uncomfortable rubbing the often occurs at the tip of the toes.

Extra padding in the socks is designed to absorb frequent sweating in such a manner that it does not contribute to creating a damp environment.

Thus avoids blister or corn formation. Also, if you walk a lot or do exercises, then these socks are best suited for you.

Improving blood flow

People experiencing diabetes often experience irregular or disturbed blood circulation. This comes under the neuropathic effects of diabetes. Dr. Scholl’s Diabetic socks help to maintain the blood circulation of an individual.

Socks that we commonly use tend to hamper the circulation and that can often be seen as impressions that they leave when we wear them for long but diabetics socks do not tend to do so.   

The white color of the socks generates awareness towards bleeding

This is again an effect of neuropathy that diabetic people tend to lose sensation towards any sort of pain, cut or blister in the affected area.

Wearing white socks can easily draw attention to the area of the cut, bleed, blister, etc. thus preventing the condition of developing massive infection and condition that can be managed well on time.

Who Should Wear Diabetic Socks?

People suffering from chronic diabetes, who have developed massive neuropathy, are the ones who can benefit themselves from diabetes socks. But it is important to understand that diabetic socks are different from compression socks.

Compression socks are designed to increase blood pressure on legs to increase the venous return more quickly to the heart thus avoiding the development of blood clots while diabetic socks are designed to avoid amputation by avoiding the risk of developing a blister, infection, dampness, and poor blood circulation.

How To Manage Foot Care?

Who Should Wear Diabetic Socks

Avoid being barefoot

People experiencing neuropathy should avoid being barefoot because even a slight exertion or a cut can cause them massive and irreversible bleeding.

Do regular feet examination

Try to do a full lower limb examination at least twice a week is you often generate cuts or blisters and daily examine if you have been experiencing foot ulcers. It will help you to keep a check on your foot health.

Changing socks

If you believe that you are more of a sweaty person who easily develops sweating then, even a good pair of Dr. Comfort diabetic socks can demand changing the same at an interval of half-day. If you think, that investing so much in diabetic socks is a costly deal then you might need to change your regular socks are regular intervals for several times in a day to maintain hygiene.

Wear good shoes

Wear shoes that are comfy and not restricting your leg movement.  Care of your body completely resides in your hand. Choose the best possible way to limit the sorrows and finding ways to enjoy life to the fullest because no disease can hamper your happiness until you let it happen.