Why Do People With Diabetes Need to Wear Diabetic Socks?
September 28, 2018
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of problems like foot infections or injuries. You may not realize it, but high blood sugar can cause damage to important parts of your body.
For example, neuropathy, or nerve damage, can lead to numbness, tingling, prickling, or pain in your feet and toes. Another thing that can happen is that you lose feeling in your feet and toes. You may not feel a cut or a pebble in your shoe. When you continue to walk on a cut or blister, it can get worse, become infected, and become a bigger problem.
This is why foot care is so important for people with diabetes. When you have diabetes, you should be wearing socks every day to protect your feet.
What are diabetic socks?
Diabetic socks are different from normal socks. While, regular socks are usually made of cotton, which can trap moisture, diabetic socks are moisture-wicking to prevent this problem. When moisture gets trapped inside of a sock, it can cause an infection. Normal socks can also be too loose or too tight in the seams, which can hurt your feet. Diabetic socks are seamless so that nothing in the fabric rubs against your feet, and they’re supposed to conform to your foot.
What should I look for when I'm buying diabetic socks?
When you're shopping for diabetic socks, make sure to buy the right ones for you. Always check with your doctor before buying any diabetic socks to make sure that they are safe for you to wear.
Here are a few terms to keep in mind when you're looking for diabetic socks and why they are important for you to know as you shop:
- Seamless: Socks made from fabric without seems this reduces the chances of rubbing against your feet and causing blisters or ulcers.
- Moisture-wicking: Your socks should move any sweat or moisture away from your feet, which keeps your feet dry and helps prevent skin infections.
- Warmth: Keeping your feet warm can improve circulation.
- Padded: Extra padding in your socks will help keep sensitive areas comfortable and keep your feet safe from injuries.
- Anti-microbial: Unfortunately, most of us know all too well about smelly socks. When you wear socks, it's harder for your sweat to evaporate and bacteria can grow, which causes the odor. Socks made from "antimicrobial" materials can prevent bacteria from growing.
Interested in learning more about how you should take care of your feet if you have diabetes? Check out our recent blog on five steps you can take for healthy feet. You can also read our posts on the best diabetic footwear and foot orthotics.