Are compression socks safe for diabetics?
Wearing graduated compression socks that provide more pressure at the foot and less pressure on the calves can help maintain proper circulation to the lower extremities. This can prevent swelling and improve any nerve sensitivities. However, diabetics are also at a higher risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers.
A diabetic sock is a non-binding and non-elasticized sock which is designed alleviate pressure of the foot or leg. Typically sufferers of diabetes are the most common users of this type of sock. Diabetes raises the blood sugar level, which can increase the risk of foot ulcers.
- The purpose of the sock is to aide your circulation by avoiding pressure on the leg and reducing constriction allowing your own blood flow to move easier. Other marketing terms that refer to non-binding socks include diabetic socks, comfort socks and sometime travel socks.
- Your blood sugar may be too high if you are very thirsty and tired, have blurry vision, are losing weight fast, and have to go to the bathroom often. Very high blood sugar may make you feel sick to your stomach, faint, or throw up. It can cause you to lose too much fluid from your body.
- There is no cure for diabetes. During the "honeymoon period" diabetes may appear to go away for a period of a few months to a year. The patient's insulin needs are minimal and some patients may actually find they can maintain normal or near normal blood glucose taking little or no insulin.
Diabetic socks will keep your feet warm and dry to avoid blisters, ulcers, and fungal infection. You should also avoid wearing dark-colored socks because you may not notice blood or discharge from a wound on your foot.
- It is recommended to always wear "diabetic socks", seamless socks, compression stockings, or nylons with your shoes to help avoid the possibility of blisters and sores developing. Aetrex Copper Socks made of these materials help keep your feet dry and promote healing.
- Dry skin: Use moisturizing soaps and lotions to keep your skin soft, but don't put lotion between toes; moisture there can cause fungus growth. Blisters: If shoes don't fit properly, blisters can develop. Don't break a blister open, risking infection.
- When you're living with diabetes, your skin can often be dry, rough and generally uncomfortable. Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief Lotion is specifically formulated for diabetics' dry skin with 7 intensive moisturizers to hydrate and soothe while adding a layer with moisture for 24 hours.
People with diabetes are at higher risk of foot injuries and infection due to damage to their circulatory and nervous systems caused by high blood sugar levels. Nerve damage, or neuropathy, decreases sensation and increases risk of injury, especially on the bottom of the feet.
- Typically sufferers of diabetes are the most common users of this type of sock. Diabetes raises the blood sugar level, which can increase the risk of foot ulcers. Diabetic socks are made to be unrestrictive of circulation. Some diabetic socks also control moisture, a feature which can reduce the risk of infection.
- Most diabetic patients will benefit from less swelling when wearing SIGVARIS Diabetic Compression Socks. However, not all diabetic patients should wear compression. If a diabetic patient has severe arterial insufficiency, a compression sock may not be right treatment.
- While the risk of developing blood clots on a flight is low, it goes up as travel time increases. Enter compression socks. These stockings help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling or worse deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and clotting on a long flight.
Updated: 18th November 2019