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Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) is a condition that affects the feet and legs and can cause numbness, tingling, and pain. People with diabetes are at risk for neuropathy because high blood sugar can damage the nerves over time. Neuropathy can make it difficult to walk and can lead to ulcers, infections, and amputations.
Wearing diabetic ankle socks or crew socks can help to protect the feet and reduce the risk of complications. At ADW Diabetes, we bring you diabetes socks made from a combination of fabrics that are designed to be non-elastic and cushioning. This helps to provide all-day comfort while reducing friction and ensuring a proper fit. In addition, we also have breathable, moisture-wicking bamboo diabetic socks that have antimicrobial properties that may help to decrease bacteria and the risk of foot fungus.
Whether you want to protect your feet when driving, reduce ankle swelling during pregnancy, or reduce the nagging, ache, and swelling of lower legs and feet after a long day, our wide selection of specialized diabetic ankle socks and crew socks can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wear diabetic socks even if I don't have peripheral neuropathy?
Wearing diabetic crew socks or ankle socks may not be required if you don't have nerve damage, but a health care professional may recommend wearing them anyways. Many people who don't have diabetes wear diabetic socks because they keep feet dry, protected, and comfortable.
Are diabetic socks the same as compression socks?
No, compression socks have a tighter fit and are usually used to prevent fluid retention and swelling associated with poor circulation. A health care professional can help you determine whether you should wear compression socks or diabetic ankle socks or crew socks.
What should I look for when shopping for diabetic socks?
Here are two key features to consider:
Non-Elastic Features: A non-elastic feature helps prevent excess tightness when legs begin to swell. Diabetes often causes leg swelling and fluid build-up, especially towards the end of the day. Tight elastic upper bands can cut off blood flow. Proper blood flow is needed in the healing process in case you have a foot injury.
Cushioning Features: Foot injuries need to be avoided with diabetes, and extra cushioning can help preserve your feet as it creates a barrier between you and the shoe. Look for diabetic ankle socks or diabetic crew socks with cushioning in the heel region if you stand for long periods of time and in the heel and toe if you're a runner or athlete.
How can I improve foot hygiene with diabetes?
It's extremely important to use proper hygiene to maintain the health of your feet and lower the risk of future foot problems. Wash your feet daily with tepid or warm, soapy water. Dry carefully with a fluffy, soft towel, especially between the toes to prevent foot fungus. Use white, non-fragrant diabetes foot cream, salve, or lotion on the top of your feet, heels, and soles but not between the toes. If you perspire heavily, use cornstarch powder between your toes. Wear your diabetic ankle socks or crew socks with well-fitting supportive shoes. Do not go barefoot. You may want to have different socks for sports, home, work, and bedtime. Make sure they're clean and dry for complete foot care.
What are diabetic socks made of?
Diabetic socks are generally made from a combination of fabrics. For example, bamboo diabetic socks may contain other materials such as cotton, merino wool, acrylic, and spandex for flexibility. Some diabetic socks also include anti-microbial properties which come from charcoal, silver, or copper threading. These can decrease bacteria and the risk of foot fungus.
What types of people can benefit from wearing diabetic socks?
The following groups may want to wear diabetic ankle socks or crew socks:
Standers: People who spend a great deal of time on their feet, such as nurses, retail workers, teachers, etc. Diabetic socks may help to prevent the nagging, ache and swelling of lower legs and feet at the end of the day.
Gestational Diabetes: Having diabetes during pregnancy may increase foot and ankle swelling due to increased fluid retention. Diabetic socks may prevent constriction and provide added comfort and support.
Neuropathy: You may suffer from a diabetes complication that affects nerve endings called neuropathy. Your feet may be super sensitive or experience numbness. You may benefit from the extra padding and protection from diabetic ankle socks or crew socks, which can minimize the risk of foot injuries including tearing of overly sensitive skin.
Decreased Pedal Pulses: Since diabetes and heart disease are closely related, you may have atherosclerosis or decreased blood flow to your feet causing decreased pedal pulses or blood flow. This is a prime situation for foot injury and diabetic socks may add protection.
Increased Foot Perspiration: You may have a high level of foot perspiration which can lead to a foot fungus called athlete's foot and possibly nail fungus. Diabetic socks have moisture-wicking abilities which can aid in keeping your feet dry and lessen the risk of fungus.
Looking for Comfort: Diabetic ankle socks or diabetic crew socks may be a good choice if you have diabetes and are looking for added comfort and protection without constriction.
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