Diabetic socks are socks aimed at people with diabetes. Quite often, diabetic socks are designed without seams in order to reduce the chance of blistering.
In addition, diabetic socks may also be designed to control moisture in order to reduce the risk of fungal infection or with cushioning to prevent foot ulcers. Good skin care and foot care is essential. Foot ulcers affect as many as 10% of people with diabetes.
Ideal socks for people with diabetes.
The ideal socks for people with diabetes will have the following features:
- Non-elasticated cuffs
- No prominent seams
- Keep in warmth (particularly for winter use)
- Allow feet to breathe and sweat to dry out (particularly for summer use)
Keeping feet warm.
Keeping feet warm can help to improve blood circulation which is beneficial for the skin and the health of nerves in the feet. Socks play an important role in keeping feet warm and some socks may be designed specifically to keep feet warmer and to improve circulation.
If your feet are regularly cold, you may benefit from wearing 2 pairs of socks at a time, or socks over stockings. Note that it’s better not to wear 2 pairs of socks if they cause shoes to fit too tightly.
What are diabetic socks?
As with diabetic food, there are no strict guidelines as for when the term diabetic can be used with regard to socks which means that it’s better to look at the merits of the sock rather than rely on the label ‘diabetic’ as a measure of suitability.
Diabetic socks can help to reduce the risk of amputation
Our stocking has a unique design that acts as a second skin and uses the latest technology to:
- Battle bacteria
- Eliminate friction
- Protect sore-prone areas
- Support arches
- Wick away moisture
- Regulate temperature
Reflex’s Diabetic Socks can help you prevent complications of a diabetic foot as they contain a new synthetic yarn called Celliant.
Celliant has been clinically proven to relieve pain, promote quicker wound healing, improve sleep quality, heighten athletic performance and help to regulate body temperature.
These revolutionary fibres are woven into the sock to help increase blood oxygen levels while retaining heat to keep feet warm.
They also feature a flat toe seam (i.e. are seam-free) and do not feature binding.
Will diabetic socks prevent me from getting a diabetic foot?
Whilst a good choice of socks doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get diabetic foot complications, it can help to reduce the risks.
Choosing shoes that fit well, keeping blood glucose levels under control and ensuring you check your feet for signs of damage or changes will each also help to improve your chances of avoiding foot complications. For more information contact our therapist here