According to Diabetes UK, nearly four million people were diagnosed with the condition in the UK between 2018 and 2019. The charity also claims that if nothing changes in terms of medical research, it’s predicted that, by the year 2025, five million people in the UK will have some form of it. Diabetes is a lifelong condition for sufferers that causes the blood sugar level to become abnormally high. It’s treated using tablets or injections, but if it’s not properly catered for, it could lead to serious implications.
Many people that suffer from diabetes struggle to get a sufficient flow of blood to their feet, and if this problem goes untreated, the situation can become so critical that their feet may need to be amputated. Unfortunately, for many sufferers, normal socks simply aren’t suitable and they need a replacement item of clothing that will better suit their needs.
Designed to prevent and reduce the negative effects diabetes has on feet, diabetic socks are an important part of managing the condition for many sufferers. If you have diabetes and struggle with the circulation of blood reaching your feet as it should, diabetic socks are an item of clothing that will actively remedy these issues. However, if you haven’t tried them before or have a similar condition, you may be wondering what exactly they do and whether they work for people who don’t have diabetes.
In this blog, we look at the various uses of diabetic socks, how they differ from normal socks and whether they’re worth considering for people who have other conditions.
Whether you suffer from diabetes or simply want protection for your feet to help with another condition or injury that has impacted your feet, diabetic socks are a suitable solution. Normal socks are traditionally tightly fitted and thin. But while this is ideal for many people, people with diabetes and similar conditions require more features from this type of clothing.
For instance, features that are specific to diabetic socks include:
- Added thickness and comfort for protecting feet
- Strength and durability for protecting damaged feet
- Water-resistance for preventing bacterial and fungal infections
- Thickness for warmth
- Light colours for indicating if feet are bleeding
- Padded areas for additional comfort and protection
- No seams to support fragile feet
- Reduced tightness to encourage blood flow.
However, while diabetic socks can be useful for a wide range of people and treat a variety of different conditions, the primary difference between normal socks and diabetic socks are the features that help to improve the circulation of blood from legs to feet and prevent further blockages and damage from being caused.
One of the many side effects of diabetes is slow blood circulation. It often impacts the feet and, in more severe circumstances, can lead to amputation. Diabetic socks are effective in improving the circulation of blood and preventing further damage via a number of solutions. For instance, unlike traditional socks, diabetic socks don’t have a tight, elasticated opening to reduce the restriction of blood from the leg to the foot.
Diabetic socks are also padded and thick throughout, protecting the feet of diabetes sufferers and speeding up the healing process if the feet have been damaged. People with diabetes can’t always feel their feet properly if they’re experiencing problems with circulation. As such, if the feet become damaged and begin to bleed, blood loss can happen without the person knowing.
Although intended to be worn by people suffering from diabetes, anyone can wear diabetic socks. In some cases, you may choose to wear diabetic socks to help with another condition, ease injured or damaged feet or to improve comfort, control moisture and prevent socks from slipping off your feet. However, if you’re considering wearing diabetic socks but don’t know whether they would be suitable, it would be advisable to seek medical advice before trying them.
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