Diabetic Socks

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Diabetic socks help prevent damage to and ease discomfort in the nerve endings of the feet. Over 15 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes. This metabolic disorder can create many health complications. Diabetes can affect the eyes, potentially leading to blindness. Diabetes can lead to kidney failure.

Diabetes can also lead to many problems associated with the feet. Most diabetics have decreased sensation in their feet. The same pebble or bit of glass that would irritate the feet of someone without diabetes may very well go completely unnoticed by the person with diabetes. These minor irritants, when left unchecked, can cause major damage to the feet. Furthermore, since diabetes can lower your ability to fight infection, you have an even greater chance of sustaining injury from seemingly innocuous sources, like tiny stones in the shoe, or stubbed toes. What can you do to help protect your diabetic feet?

Protecting the Feet with Diabetic Socks

One of the most important things you can do is wear diabetic socks. Unlike regular dress socks, diabetic socks help improve circulation. They offer gentle yet firm support to the delicate circulatory system of the foot.

Diabetics should check their feet daily. They should look for blisters, cuts, and the like. They should have their doctors inspect their feet with each and every visit to the doctor's office. Diabetics should also clean the feet with soapy water every single day, and dry them thoroughly--especially between the toes!

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