Socks have often received a bad rap beneath the Christmas tree—no pun intended. These faithful foot coverings are snubbed by children of any age and are often seen as a big, squishy sign proclaiming, “I had no idea what to get you!” when exchanged between adults. If you live with diabetes, however, a good pair of diabetic socks can mean a lot, and receiving a pair can show how much the giver cares for you. Whether buying for yourself or another, here’s what to look for when shopping:
Ideal diabetic socks are designed to protect the wearer’s feet from injury as well as keep them warm and dry. Since someone with diabetes has special or particular needs, the ways these socks accomplish such goals may not be immediately obvious.
Look for a seamless design that is fitted to the foot and leg. Both of these measures reduce the rubbing of fabric against the skin, which could eventually result in blisters or ulcers. A wide, square toe box will keep the toes from rubbing against each other, and any extra padding is also a plus.
Circulation to the lower limbs is also an important factor to consider. Avoid compression socks or tight cuffs, which may restrict blood flow. A sock built for warmth will help improve circulation, as well as provide added comfort in cold weather.
In addition, keep a mind for moisture. A good sock will be made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that helps keep feet dry. This is an important characteristic in avoiding skin infections.
Dr. Jennifer Keller and the staff at Shenandoah Podiatry wish you the best comfort and health this holiday season. If you need help, guidance, or advice with anything concerning foot care with diabetes, we are here for you. Schedule an appointment with us by calling our Roanoke office at (540) 904-1458.