Are Diabetic Socks Useful or Not?

People with Diabetes need special  care when it comes to their body and health. Any injury will make them bleed and will cause further problems ad the blood insulin is included.

Why do people need diabetic socks?

Most of the diabetic socks on the market are made to make the feet dry, decrease the risk of foot injury and avoid preventing or slowing down the blood circulation. The interesting factor is they are specially made which are padded and do not have seams. The elimination of elastic the constriction is reduced which limits the blood flow and swelling. Usually nerve damage or neuropathy decreases the sensation and increases the risk of injury in the foot. Any person with diabetes is always prone to injury or infection which may even lead to amputation or even death. Normal socks are usually made of cotton and will have the friction that can cause friction or blister.

Who uses them?

  • People with or at risk for circulation problems, like DVT, varicose veins, or diabetes.
  • People who have got surgery and in leg.
  • Pregnant women as their legs swell due to water formation.
  • People who spend long stretches of time in airplanes, like pilots.
  • Athletes who regularly run marathons or regularly participate in running competition.

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Benefits of Using Diabetic Socks

  • The socks will keep the moisture-wicking materials away and keep the foot dry to avoid fungal infection.
  • Increases comfort and decreases swelling
  • The material is so soft and anti-allergy which will prevent any rashes or frictional blisters.
  • Extra padding for sensitive areas like soles of the feet, can help prevent foot injury.

Types of Diabetic socks

Depending upon how and what type of sock you are looking for we have different types of diabetic socks with different types of prices. Below are few types of diabetics socks one can buy:

Copper Infused

Copper infused yarn is used to make the socks. This sock will prevent any fungus development. Any person suffering from athlete’s foot fungus can get rid of it by regularly wearing the copper infused socks. The socks cost between $5 and $18.

Moisture Wicking

This type of sock is meant to pull moisture out of the skin of foot and evaporate. This will reduce any fungi bacteria formation in the cracks of fingers. Common brands include Dr.Scholl’s CoolMax, Brooks and Balega. The typical cost is between $5 and $20. These socks are available online too.

Padded acrylic socks

People who exercise or run regularly should consider buying padded acrylic socks. Since the material is acrylic in nature it will have better moisture-wicking abilities and can also be good for people who have diminished sensation or neuropathy.

Extra padding or gel padding

Gel pading will give a soft and moisture free comfort to the foot. It will highly protect from any bacterial infection and gives extra care.This is used for typically highly sensitive foot.

Soft yarns

Soft yarn socks include fibre from bamboo and wool. The yarn have natural type of anti-microbial properties and reduces rough abrasion or and shear forces on the skin.

Blister Guard yarn

This type of yarn will protect the feet skin from blisters which is caused by friction. Dr.Scholls makes these socks for $8-$12 upon approval from American Podiatric Association.

Smart technology socks

The smart technology socks have embedded sensors that track foot temperature which alert you via app if there is a change such as sore ulcer that is forming. The coin sized battery is outside of the sock last about 6 months. The price ranges from $19.95 per month.

Thermal Socks

Staying active and dry is very important during winters. Frosty temperatures will constrict blood vessels decreasing the circulation in your fingers and toes. Wigwam’s diabetic thermal socks are designed for extra comfort and warmth on the chilliest days.

Compression Socks

You also have compression socks which is to exert pressure on the lower leg to increase the blood pressure which allows more blood to be quickly returned to the heart. Compression socks are tighter and more binding that diabetic and even regular socks. People with diabetes are also prone to peripheral arterial disease may need compression stocking or hosiery to help with circulation and reduce swelling.

White sole

White sole socks are important for highly sensitive skin that can bleed. The white sole will bleed and give you an alert. Make sure not to roll the socks as the double layer will cause suffocation of the skin.

I hope this information will help you understand the benefits of diabetic socks. These can be gifted to elders as a precautionary item. Also can be given to preganent women, people who travel frequently on air. As these socks are affordable and reasonably priced, please gift your near and dear ones.

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