Choosing Socks that Meet Your Diabetes Needs

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Finding the right socks for a person with diabetes isn’t a small matter. A person with high blood sugar can develop nerve damage, poor circulation and swelling of the feet, which can quickly result in sores that are hard to heal. So don’t be shy about filling up your sock drawer with only the best!

When you’re off to buy your enviable collection of top-notch socks, be sure to keep the comfort and health of your toes and feet in the forefront of your mind. Here are some top considerations when considering a new pair of socks for your collection:

Snug

First, look for a pair of snug socks that help to compress your feet and legs and aid in circulation. This tightness also helps prevent rubbing and chaffing of skin, which can result in sores.

Not Too Tight

Although snug is good, too tight is not. There’s a fine line between compression and cutting off circulation. Opt for the former, not the latter.

Breathable

Choose a fabric that allows airflow. This prevents chaffing and bacteria growth.

Moisture-wicking

The fabric should be moisture-wicking as well, which keeps your feet nice and dry. Wet, moist areas create the perfect breeding area for fungus and bacteria.

Warmth

Because diabetes can cause numbness in your extremities, it’s important to keep those extremities (like your feet) as warm as possible. Choose a naturally warm fabric that’s both breathable and warm.

Padding

Padded socks protects your feet from sores and swelling caused by pricks, chaffing and injuries. Preventing sores is the best method of healing them.

Toe room

Give your toes plenty of room to flex and move. You don’t want them to chafe each other and develop sores.

Seamless

Seams can also cause chaffing and therefore wounds. Opt for seamless socks.

Your feet are an important aspect of your overall health and quality of life. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you!

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