What are diabetic socks?

Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting blood sugar levels. People who are diagnosed with diabetes are typically advised to exercise regularly, eat healthily and take frequent blood tests to monitor the balance of their glucose levels. They will also require annual eye screenings and, depending on whether they have type one or two, insulin injections or tablets. 

However, as diabetes plays a role in blocking, slowing and reducing the flow of blood, it would also be beneficial to consider other factors that could weaken the effects of the condition such as the use of diabetic socks. 

In this blog, we explain what diabetic socks are used for, how they compare to similar products such as compression socks and whether they are an effective product for diabetes sufferers.

What are diabetic socks used for?

Intended for people that suffer from diabetes and other similar conditions, diabetic socks are worn like normal socks, but with benefits that directly counteract the symptoms of the condition. Due to the circulatory problems that diabetes causes, appropriate footcare is an important factor.

Diabetic socks remedy problems relating to diabetes such as nervous and circulatory cell damage caused by high blood pressure. Without this level of care, the flow of blood to feet will be more limited, leading to serious issues with circulation and an increased risk of injury, It’s important that sufferers of diabetes and related conditions improve the flow of blood to their feet. For example, if an injury to the feet does occur, treatment may be delayed as the person will be less likely to feel it. Not only that, but a wound requires continuous blood flow for it to heal properly. By disregarding the importance of blood flow to feet, complications could include amputation or even death. 

An older man wearing a pair of diabetic socks.

Are diabetic socks and compression socks the same?

Although diabetic socks and compression socks are similar, they are not the same. The primary difference between these two products is that, while compression socks help blood circulate to the heart by putting pressure on the legs, diabetic socks improve the flow of blood to the feet .People who suffer from diabetes are more susceptible to peripheral artery disease (PAD), and as this condition blocks and narrows arteries in the leg, compression socks could worsen this condition, whereas diabetic socks would encourage blood flow to the legs and feet. Both of these products are helpful but should only be used by people suffering from conditions they’re designed to treat.

Do diabetic socks work?

Diabetic socks are a proven solution for improving the flow of blood to your feet while providing cushioning and protection from moisture to prevent fungal infections. In some cases, diabetic socks may also have sections that are waterproof, a design that conforms to the shape of your feet, fewer seams to prevent rubbing and elasticated sections to avoid a feeling of tightness around the feet.

While diabetes socks are often recommended for long periods of time spent sitting down or not moving, many sufferers of diabetes don’t need them and would be perfectly fine with normal socks. However, if they suffer from deep vein thrombosis, experience frequently moist or sweaty feet, see signs of atherosclerosis or have seen a change in foot temperature, colour, nerve damage, blisters or fungal infection, diabetic socks could be a suitable solution.

If you are diagnosed with diabetes and need support with ensuring a sufficient blood flow to your feet, diabetic socks may be advisable. However, if you’re unsure whether they’d be right for you or have a similar but different condition and want further information, you should seek advice from your doctor.

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