One of the weak spots for diabetics is the foot. Some diabetics have ultra sensitive feet that will easily bruise and be injured, while others will have feet that have no feelings at all which can be equally dangerous since bruises in the feet may go unnoticed while wearing shoes. If you are diabetic, here’s how to choose good diabetic socks.
Features. Diabetic socks should have special features that will separate them from regular socks. These should have no seams on the toes, and should have tops that are not binding. The seams can easily irritate a diabetic’s sensitive foot, which can lead to bleeding and bruises that can turn into serious complications for diabetics. The last that you want is to accidentally get gangrene. The top should not be too tight either, since it can hinder blood flow into the feet, which can lead to swelling and infections.
Material. Some diabetic socks are made from materials that have a bit of copper. One of the advantages of using copper is that this material is highly antibacterial, which means that your feet naturally get protection from microbes. This is important since feet naturally tend to sweat when placed in shoes for a long time, which fosters bacterial growth along with the warm temperature inside a shoe.
Source. Where you buy your diabetic socks will also matter. There are some shops that sell diabetic socks at a cheaper price such as Wal-Mart. These socks, although technically diabetic socks, will not have the same quality as socks that are purchased from orthopedics or from shops that specialize in diabetic socks such as Foot Solutions. If you are not comfortable with the quality of socks that are sold in your area, check out the socks that are sold in the Internet. As long as you choose your sellers carefully, you should be able to get good socks even from the web.
Padding. Because diabetics have sensitive feet, their socks should provide an extra level of padding that will protect the feet from the interior of the shoes. Make sure that the padding is not too thick that it constricts that foot or makes the foot too hot after several hours. The padding should also be strategically placed, such as on the heels and toes which are the parts of the feet that is commonly injured in diabetics.
Price. Be prepared to shell out more money for diabetic socks than you would for regular socks. While there are some diabetic socks that are very cheap, keep in mind that adding a few bucks will usually give you a sock that is of better quality and which will last significantly longer than dirt cheap diabetic socks. Some socks will retail at around ten dollars, but very high quality socks can be sold at prices as high as twenty dollars.
Taking care of your feet now with socks that are specially designed for diabetics will ensure that you will not have to face unnecessary medical complications – sometimes even surgery and amputation – just because of a little wound or bruise that started with socks that chafe your skin.