FindItMore | Almost 70% of leg amputations occur in people with diabetes, did you know this? The fact that gets you startled right? But there are ways to improve the health of your feet and legs through the use of diabetic swellsox.
Here are 6 health benefits of socks for diabetes sufferers:
No More Irritation
Diabetic swell sox have been designed to be completely seamless. And this feature is vital to reducing foot irritation.
To be able to rub against your foot, traditional socks generally have seams. This friction can cause blisters and other sores over time.
The seamless design of a diabetic sock greatly reduces friction, thus making the chance of developing blisters, sores and cuts very remote.
The use of wrinkle-proof material is also very important, much like benefits associated with a seamless sock.
If a sock is prone to wrinkle then it can put pressure on your feet in much the same way as a seam would? You’ll notice this when a sock bunches up and ‘rolls’ together in certain areas.
The use of wrinkle-proof material is another way of reducing pressure and friction on your feet.
Promote Healthy Circulation
You will also find that the diabetes sock has a non-binding top. This is yet another important design feature.
Traditionally binding tops are used to hold the sock in place, either through tighter stitching or elastic.
This sounds like a good idea in theory and is a pretty common design. However, this practice can reduce blood flow and promote poor circulation.
For diabetes sufferers, this is already a problem. Arteries can become blocked, and are typically less flexible as a result of high blood sugar levels. So circulation is already reduced.
However, the non-binding top allows for greater foot circulation.
Moisture in the shoe can cause two problems.
- Greater friction. It can cling to your foot if your sock becomes sodden. When your sock starts clinging, the chance of friction and rubbing is much greater. And what does friction cause? Blisters and other sores.
- A breeding ground for bacteria. If your shoe area is warm and moist then it acts as a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Socks for diabetes have the advantage that they’re made from breathable materials. Manufactured from cotton, or breathable synthetics, they allow your foot to breathe thus reducing sweat. Any perspiration that does occur is able to evaporate more readily from the shoe.
Less moisture equals less friction and fewer bacteria. And this means a healthier, happier foot!
Less Chance of Infection
I’ve spoken about the features of diabetic socks that reduce friction, increase circulation and reduce moisture. But I haven’t said much about why these features are so important.
So here it is: The unique sock design is used to minimize the chance of infection. Seamless and wrinkle-proof material is the first defense against infections. If you reduce friction then you reduce the chance of a sore even developing in the first place.
Most people look at foot blisters as a mildly painful inconvenience. But not for the diabetes sufferer. Unfortunately for somebody with diabetes, blisters are more likely to turn into a foot ulcer. This is down to poor circulation and a loss of sensation in the foot (nerve damage).
Poor circulation is caused by arteries that can become blocked, and arteries that are typically less flexible as a result of high blood sugar levels. By not reducing circulation any further (non-binding tops) diabetic socks allow your body’s natural repair system to work at full-tilt.
Healing Time Reduced
Even with extra care and the best footwear you may still develop a blister or cut on your foot at some point. Not only do diabetes socks reduce the chance of infection, but the same factors will also greatly reduce the time it takes for sores to heal.
It also means any sores that do develop will heal much faster, as for the same reasons why diabetes socks reduce the chance of infection.