Guide to Choosing Women’s Diabetic Socks
These socks are designed with a number of features to directly address foot issues associated with the condition and our products are designed with this in mind. For example, they often have a thicker toe seam and cushioned soles so your feet stay dry even when you’re walking around outside during inclement weather or running errands on wet days!
Here are some common features and characteristics of diabetic socks:
- Moisture-Wicking Material: Wicking socks pull moisture away from the foot to allow sweat and odour-causing bacteria to evaporate, thereby lowering your risk of developing fungal infections or other skin wounds.
- Toe Seam = Seamless: The best diabetic socks are made without wide seams and hand linked along the toe to reduce risk of blisters and ulcers. They also have a white sole, which reveals any drainage from wounds beneath foot so it can be healed faster. We would recommend consideration of this if you often suffer from feet or leg sores – think about your own comfort.
- Soft Yarns: Some diabetic socks are made from natural fabrics such as cotton, bamboo and wool, which do not irritate the skin. Bamboo-based socks have been shown to reduce inflammation in those who suffer with arthritis because it helps ease joint pain while being breathable enough so air flows freely and doesn’t create excessive heat like other synthetic fibres tend to.
- Non-Elastic Binding for Gentle Grip: The best diabetic socks will never slip, pull or bunch up on your leg. They are designed to stay comfortably in place without any pressure and protect against accidents by keeping the blood flowing properly!
- Antimicrobial Properties: Some sock yarns are infused with copper or silver to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. These anti fungal properties also help prevent reinfection of athlete’s foot when you wear them next.
- Padded Soles: Extra padding can help prevent foot injuries and may be made from extra-thick fabric or loose silicone pads sewn in. Look for padded diabetic socks that match the type of activity you do: if your heels get sore while standing, look for comfortable products with more cushion there; under any balls on either feet as these regions take frequent hits when running/playing sports like tennis and soccer respectively.
Ladies Diabetic Socks FAQ
Do you need diabetic socks?
Answer: Depending on what type of diabetes you have, diabetic socks are not necessary for everyone. But we find, from feedback, that it can provide benefits for those who wear them. Diabetic socks are designed specifically to decrease the risk of foot injury and to keep feet as dry as possible.
What is the difference between diabetic socks and regular socks?
Answer: The diabetic socks are specifically designed to help people who have diabetic foot ulcers.
In diabetic patients, changes in the microcirculation of the small blood vessels result in a lack of oxygen and nutrients reaching the lower extremities. This results in pain when walking or sometimes even at rest, loss of sensation in the feet and legs, infection susceptibility and susceptibility to diabetic foot ulcers.
The diabetic socks could be used by all diabetic patients, not just those who have diabetic foot ulcers.
What do diabetic socks help with?
Answer: Again, diabetic socks are not 100% necessary for everyone. However, you will benefit from diabetic socks if you experience any of the following:
- Sweaty or moist feet
- Change in color of feet or are experiencing blisters or a fungal infection
- Changes in foot temperature
- Diabetic nerve damage
- Peripheral artery disease
In addition to this, wearing hand linked diabetic socks can help reduce swelling of the feet that occurs with pregnancy, and these types of footwear are especially beneficial for women who have gestational diabetes.
Are diabetic socks worth it?
Answer: Diabetic socks can be expensive, but diabetic foot ulcers are very costly to treat. Some diabetic patients may only need diabetic socks, others could need diabetic shoes and diabetic stockings. It is important to consult your podiatrist for the correct diabetic footwear based on your medical history and needs.