6 Ways to Promote Healthy Feet for Diabetes Sufferers
Did you know that almost 70% of leg amputations occur in people with diabetes? Startling fact isn’t it? But there are ways to improve the health of your feet and legs through the use of diabetic socks.
Here are 6 health benefits of socks for diabetes sufferers:
No More Irritation
Diabetic socks have been designed to be completely seamless. This feature is vital to reducing foot irritation.
The seamless design of a diabetic or compression sock greatly reduces friction, thus making the chance of developing blisters, sores and cuts very remote.
Most of the benefits associated with a seamless sock, the use of wrinkle-proof material is also very important for the Health
If a sock is prone to wrinkle then it can put pressure on your feet in much the same way as a seam would? You’ll notice this when a sock bunches up and ‘rolls’ together in certain areas.
The use of wrinkle-proof material is another way of reducing pressure and friction on your feet.
Promote Healthy Circulation
You will also find that the diabetes sock has a non-binding top. This is yet another important design feature. Traditionally binding tops are used to hold the sock in place, either through tighter stitching or elastic.
However, this practice can reduce blood flow and promote poor circulation.
For diabetes sufferers this is already a problem. Arteries can be blocked, and are typically less flexible as a result of high blood-sugar levels. So circulation is already reduced.
However, the non-binding top allows for greater foot circulation.
Moisture in the shoe can cause two problems.
- Greater friction.
- Breeding ground for bacteria.
If your shoe area is warm and moist then it acts as a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Socks for diabetes have the advantage that they’re made from breathable materials. Manufactured from cotton, or breathable synthetics, they allow your foot to breathe thus reducing sweat. Any perspiration that does occur is able to evaporate more readily from the shoe.
Less moisture equals less friction and fewer bacteria. And this means a healthier, happier foot!
Less Chance of Infection
I’ve spoken about the features of diabetic socks that reduce friction, increase circulation and reduce moisture. But I haven’t said much about why these features are so important.
So here it is: The unique sock design is used to minimize the chance of infection.
Seamless and wrinkle-proof material is the first defense against infections. If you reduce friction then you reduce the chance of a sore even developing in the first place.
As a mildly painful inconvenience most people look at foot blisters. But not for the diabetes sufferer…
Unfortunately for somebody with diabetes, blisters are more likely to turn into a foot ulcer. This is down to poor circulation and a loss of sensation in the foot (nerve damage).
Poor circulation is caused by arteries that can become blocked, and arteries that are typically less flexible as a result of high blood-sugar levels.
By not reducing circulation any further (non-binding tops) diabetic socks allow your body’s natural repair system to work at full-tilt.
Finally, let’s talk about the importance of moisture control.
As I’ve already pointed out, bacteria love the typical warm, moist environment in find in most peoples’ shoes. And it is these very same harmful bacteria that can cause serious complications even from the most superficial injury. Sores and blisters can easily turn into an infected foot ulcer.
The breathable materials found in diabetic socks are a direct measure to combat this problem. So now there is no need to become one of the 20% of diabetes sufferers that suffers from a foot ulcer.
Healing Time Reduced
Even with extra care and the best footwear you may still develop a blister or cut on your foot at some point.
Not only do diabetic socks reduce the chance of infection, but the same factors will also greatly reduce the time it takes for sores to heal.
Guest blog post: Aria Akachi