“Diabetic socks” are a marketing term for uniquely designed socks, the main purpose of which is to accommodate symptoms of various foot issues that are usually common with diabetes, but may as well be a result of other causes. These symptoms often include swollen ankles and feet, over-sensitive skin, loss of feeling in the feet and toes, poor blood flow, and others.
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Extra-Wide Loose Socks
Ideal for anyone with sensitive feet or naturally big legs, and for those who suffer from mild to extensive swelling in their ankles and feet.
✓ Extra-wide, loose cuff ✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Soft, breathable fabric ✓ Unrestricted blood flow
Non-Elastic Loose Socks
Ideal for anyone who experiences discomfort from even light pressure on the legs, and for those who occasionally suffer from mild swelling in their feet and ankles.
✓ Non-elastic, loose cuff ✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Soft, breathable cotton (98%) ✓ Unrestricted blood flow
Cushioned Sole, Gentle-Grip Stretch-Top Socks
Ideal for sore and tired feet. Helpful for anyone with swollen ankles or those who suffer from oedema or diabetic foot symptoms.
✓ Cushioned sole ✓ Gentle-grip, wide cuff ✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Soft, breathable fabric
✓ EXCELLENT PRICE TO QUALITY RATIO
✓ FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER 45€
✓ 100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
✓ DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN EUROPE
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What Is Diabetic Socks?
Diabetes is a health condition in which your blood sugar levels are elevated more than the average person’s levels. This may lead to a variety of complications, including poor blood circulation, fluid retention, or nerve damage in the feet. As a direct consequence, some other problems may follow: swelling, blisters, sores, skin irritation, infections, etc. Regardless of whether you suffer from diabetes or not, if you have any of the above symptoms, introducing non-binding diabetic socks into your care routine can be essential for your comfort and overall well being*.
*It is always advised to consult with your medical doctor before making any decisions about the proper footwear for you, socks included.
When should you wear diabetic socks?
As mentioned earlier, the terms “diabetic socks” or “socks for diabetics” are used for marketing purposes only. They usually apply to pressure-free, loose socks (with sole cushioning or without) that can assist with so-called “diabetic foot symptoms”. Swelling, or edema, is one of such symptoms. Usually, it happens when blood vessels or tissues in the legs retain unnecessary fluid, or because of certain types of inflammation. While there are many alarming reasons why your legs and feet can hold more fluid than they should, oftentimes, it comes as a result of standing for long periods of time (this can be combated simply by raising your legs).
Diabetic loose socks or non-binding socks are intended to accommodate swollen ankles and lower legs in the most comfortable manner. They usually have loose, wide-width cuffs, designed to create enough space for swelling, the fabric expanding farther as it’s needed. This should also avoid causing extra pressure on your skin, ensuring no restriction to the blood flow to your feet. Depending on the degree of swelling, there are diabetic socks with different widths that typically range from wide to extra-wide. If pressure is not an issue, you can choose non-binding socks that do have elastic cuffs but with a very gentle grip.
Non-binding socks are also great for those with naturally big ankles and calves. As pointed above, the good thing about this type of socks is less pressure on the skin which can be uncomfortable after long periods of wear. Loose socks are ideal for relaxation especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. If you go to bed in socks, those with gentle grips will be a good choice as well.
Diabetic socks should help eliminate the risks of blisters and other skin irritation caused by rubbing. Instead of seeking out one-sized diabetic socks, choose ones that are made in your size. The sock should properly adjust to your foot shape and size, with heel and toes seated in place. Choosing seamless diabetic socks or those with flat seams, it can prevent skin irritation in the sensitive area around toes. If your skin tends to be extra delicate and susceptible to blisters, consider buying non-binding socks with padded soles. You can find gel- or plush-padded non-binding socks if you require extra cushioning. A protective layer of cushioning can help reduce friction and absorb shocks better.
Wearing diabetic socks regularly is advisable even when you are shoeless at home. It is much easier to injure your feet when you walk barefoot, so having even the slightest barrier will protect you. If you have sensory neuropathy, injuring your feet can be painful and difficult to treat. Wounds found on the feet of diabetics may not heal well. Losing sensation in the feet may even prevent you from noticing foot injuries right away. If you have this problem, opting for light-colored diabetic socks can help you spot any signs of blood to treat them immediately.
What fabrics should diabetic socks be made of?
Taking good care of your feet also means using skin-friendly fabrics. Paying attention to the yarns used to make your socks can impact the health of your feet in a positive way. Diabetic socks produced of softer fibers that effectively absorb moisture and let the skin breathe easily are the ones to provide a healthy environment for your feet. These are typically natural fibers that originate from plants, like cotton and bamboo**, or animals, like merino wool***. Occurring naturally in our surroundings, these fibers are normally harmless and suitable for any skin type. They are mostly biodegradable, too, which is also good for the environment. Some diabetic socks have fibers made with metals. This may include copper or silver fibers that are used in clothing for antibacterial properties. They also offer anti-odor protection as well as antifungal properties.
**Bamboo that is often advertised on the clothing labels is actually a rayon, the end result of a processed cellulose fiber that derives from a bamboo plant. Because of the significant change in the structure, the fiber is usually considered semi-natural.
***You may still want to check out whether you are not allergic to the above-mentioned fibers, or to any other fibers used in the diabetic sock you intend to purchase. Additionally, make sure that you have no medical conditions (i.e., eczema) that would require your doctor’s advice before purchasing.
If you have cold feet that you want to warm up, using merino wool diabetic socks will do the magic. Thanks to the natural properties of the fiber and its exceptional fineness, merino wool creates a premium fabric. It is soft, highly breathable, and demonstrates excellent moisture management. It is also one of the best natural fabrics to provide warmth and a sense of comfort to your feet.
What makes a good pair of diabetic socks?
Shopping for good quality diabetic socks is not an easy task, but it is manageable with the right information. There are many different brands, and you may need to try a few of them before making up your decision on which ones suit you the best. These are the features that most diabetic socks will, and should, have:
✓ Wide cuffs that put minimal to no pressure on your legs
✓ Loose fit that does not impede blood circulation in the feet
✓ Light-colored to spot any wounds for those who have nerve damage
✓ Proper fit to avoid the fabric from bunching up (don’t purchase one-size socks)
✓ Padding to prevent blisters and other irritation for those with delicate skin
✓ Flat toe seam to prevent skin irritation in the sensitive toe area
✓ Natural, moisture-absorbent fabric to offer good breathability and comfort
✓ Warm fabric if your feet often get cold
A final word
Socks play an important role in clothing which is mainly to protect our feet. Regardless of what we may find in a fashion magazine or a blog about wearing socks, the major reason why we should wear them is our health. Aesthetics should always come second as far as priorities. You must recognize any foot problems you may have and address them properly with the right pair of socks. And if you manage to combine both, foot care and style – you deserve a sugar-free cookie!
Keep in mind that diabetic socks may not be designed to treat or cure your foot problems. However, they can provide support, comfort, and a protective barrier to ensure good foot health for those with or without diabetes. Regular check-ups and constant foot care is the best way to prevent foot problems from developing or worsening over time.
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