Why do diabetics have to wear socks?

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.
A.

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.
  • Can you wear compression socks if diabetic?

    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.
  • What is a diabetic ulcer on the foot?

    A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.
  • What does diabetic blisters look like?

    It's rare, but people with diabetes can see blisters suddenly appear on their skin. You may see a large blister, a group of blisters, or both. The blisters tend to form on the hands, feet, legs, or forearms and look like the blisters that appear after a serious burn.
B.

How are diabetic socks different?

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.
  • What type of socks are best for diabetics?

    seamless: Socks with seams can rub against your skin and cause blisters or ulcers. Most diabetic socks are made without them. moisture-wicking: Keeping feet dry is important for preventing skin infections. breathable: Breathable fabrics help keep feet dry.
  • How do you know if you have diabetes?

    Common warnings signs of diabetes include:
    • Increased thirst.
    • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
    • Dry mouth.
    • Frequent urination or urine infections.
    • Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
    • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
    • Blurred vision.
    • Headaches.
  • Can you wear compression socks if diabetic?

    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.
C.

Can diabetics wear colored socks?

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.
  • Are Copper socks good for diabetics?

    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.
  • What is meant by diabetic foot?

    A diabetic foot is a foot that exhibits any pathology that results directly from diabetes mellitus or any long-term (or "chronic") complication of diabetes mellitus. Due to the peripheral nerve dysfunction associated with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), patients have a reduced ability to feel pain.
  • Why is it bad for diabetics to soak their feet?

    If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath. Soaking your feet may actually increase your risk of foot problems. It's recommended that you wash your feet every day, but you shouldn't soak them. Soaking can dry out your skin.

Updated: 1st September 2018

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