How Can Compression Socks Benefit People Without Diabetes?

seniors with diabetic compression socksFoot and leg care is a big part of living with diabetes, which is why Creative Care products such as compression socks are so important.

They’re designed to help relieve aching legs by using a stronger elastic, which helps soothe foot-related discomfort.  They prevent blood clots and can increase circulation, making them useful for patients who are bed-ridden or otherwise inactive.

But are these socks useful for people without diabetes? Ask anyone who’s run a marathon. Runners have used them for years to increase oxygen delivery, prevent cramping and reduce fatigue.

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Summer Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

diabetic socks for summerWhen you have diabetes, the carefree days of summer aren’t so carefree.

Life with diabetes means you need to take care of your feet, beyond just buying a few pairs of high-quality diabetic socks. Here are a few ways to do that so you can enjoy a healthy and happy summer.

  1. Don’t go barefoot

Walking around without shoes – especially at the beach – seems like a natural part of summer. But if you have diabetes, you know that a foot wound can be dangerous because you have less sensation in your lower extremities.

That’s why it’s important to wear sandals or shoes on the beach. Accidentally stepping on a shell or a stone can lead to a cut that you might not notice. You’ll also avoid burns from walking on hot sand.

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What Type of Diabetic Socks Do I Need?

Do I Need to Use Diabetic Socks?

If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably well aware of the fact that any nerve damage you’ve already suffered can lead to a potentially dangerous loss of feeling in your hands, arms, legs and feet.

That’s why the use of diabetic socks is so crucially important: Hurting your feet but never realizing it is a very real possibility for diabetics.

And so some diabetic socks designs are extra-thick, and will reduce the chance of damage to your feet when the coldest winter weather hits. Most are also seamless and non-constricting.

But before you actually purchase a pair, take a few minutes to read up on the benefits and differences of each separate style.

What Type of Diabetic Socks Do I Need?

SoftStep™ Diabetic Socks

softstep diabetic socks

This is our most reasonably priced diabetic sock, although the feature you should really be focusing on is the sock’s full-cushion lining, which was designed for easy and pain-free walking.

These socks also have a low-profile seam in the toe area, to reduce unnecessary skin irritation.

These are fairly long socks — they reach all the way to the leg’s mid-calf area — and the non-restrictive top won’t cut off your circulation.

All in all, this is a fantastic general purpose diabetic sock … and it even comes in ankle length. [Learn More]


Seamfree™ Diabetic Socks

Seamfree Diabetic Socks

This thin and lightweight pair is a great choice for any diabetic who’s especially concerned about blood circulation loss or skin irritation of any sort.

The sock’s toe area, for instance, is completely seamless.

And because the top of the sock is non-ribbed and the exterior is made of nylon, the overall feel is very nonrestrictive and free of friction.

As with the SoftStep design above, the Seamfree socks are available in mid-calf crew or ankle length, and they can easily be worn as dress socks. [Learn More]


Seamfree Xtra™ Diabetic Socks

seamfree xtra diabetic socks

With a completely seamless toe and a nonrestrictive non-ribbed top, these lightweight socks are very similar to the Seamfree Diabetic Socks.

The major difference? These are oversize socks designed for larger individuals, or for anyone suffering from severe edema.

The socks’ thin and lightweight cotton interior makes for an incredibly comfortable fit and feel, and they can be worn with dress shoes or custom molded shoes.

They’re available in ankle-high style, and in a mid-calf crew style. [Learn More]


Healthy Soles™ Diabetic Socks

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Do you find yourself occasionally having issues with overly damp feet, or feet that sweat excessively?

This is a very common issue for diabetics. And while the sweat itself isn’t actually hazardous, the possibility of fungus developing on the feet as a result of excessive sweat is a very real threat.

It’s also something that should be monitored regularly — at least once or twice a daily, if you’re out and about and walking.

The foot area of these socks, however, are constructed with something known as CoolMAX and Anti-Microbial X-Static Silver, which is specially designed to keep your feet sweat-free.

If you have problems with heavy sweating, a pair of these socks could be a lifesaver — literally.

They’re also made with a non-binding, less-restrictive top. [Learn More]


CoolSense™ Diabetic Socks

Diabetes Socks - Cool Sense Circulation Socks

As with the Healthy Soles socks we told you about above, the CoolSense socks are designed with CoolMAX® Fiber technology, which is specifically engineered to keep your feet dry.

Simply put, the CoolMAX fibers work to wick perspiration away from your skin.

Naturally, that makes for a much more comfortable experience. But it also does the very important job of keeping dangerous fungi from appearing on your feet.

CoolMAX Fiber technology, you might say, earns its keep by allowing you to forget about the state of your feet, even if only for a short while.

These socks also feature a non-binding, mild compression top for even more comfort. And the socks’ toe box is entirely seamless. [Learn More]


CoolSense™ Silver Diabetic Socks

coolsense silver diabetic socks

What’s the main difference between these CoolSense Silver Socks and the standard CoolSense socks mentioned directly above?

For starters, the Silver socks are designed with the antimicrobial X-Static Silver technology, which offers odor control along with infection prevention.

Again, that’s thanks to the CoolMAX technology, which wicks away perspiration.

The comfortable, non-ribbed top of these dress socks makes for a truly comfortable sock that won’t bind or rub. [Learn More]


Seamfree™ Silver Diabetic Socks

seamfree silver diabetic socks

This sock, which is knit with real silver yarn, is the newest member of the Creative Care family of diabetic socks. Its features include:

  • A completely seamless toe area
  • The natural elimination of odor-causing bacteria, which helps prevent dermatitis, athlete’s foot and fungus
  • A non-binding, turned welt top, and a style available in ankle high or mid-calf crew height

It’s certainly also worth pointing out that the Seamfree Silver diabetic socks are completely safe and non-toxic, thanks to the all-natural properties of silver.

And while these socks will most definitely keep your feet warmer in the winter, they’ll also keep you cooler in the warm weather of summer. [Learn More]


Double Lay-R™ Diabetic/Circulation Socks

Double Lay Diabetic Socks - Circulation Socks

The Double Lay-R sock is specially built for increased circulation and significantly better foot health.

The Double Lay-R features something of a sock-within-a-sock design. Two separate layers of fabric make for seriously reduced friction to the foot.

Less friction, of course, also means less sweat, less discomfort, and much better circulation. And those two separate sock layers definitely come in handy during the chilliest times of year.

The Double Lay-R also features a super-smooth flat toe seam, and they’re available in ankle-high or mid-calf crew styles. [Learn More]

Keep Warm this Fall with Diabetic Socks

Keep Warm this Fall with Diabetic SocksBehold the fall. The changing leaves, the refreshing breeze, and the bursts of color − transformation is in the air.

Along with the delightful and picturesque changes that come with the season, one less desirable characteristic of fall, especially for those with diabetes, is the return of cold feet. Diabetics are more prone to foot problems, and according to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, there are two main reasons why people with diabetes must be especially careful when it comes to the health of their feet:

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AFO Liner Socks For Diabetics

AFO Liner Socks For DiabeticsThe ability to maintain balance is essential for performing the activities of daily life.

The ability of the body to maintain balance is based on complex coordination between the sensory systems, including anticipating environmental clues, responding to variations, and maintaining the body’s center of gravity. Disruption in any one of the sensory systems (visual, vestibular, and somatosensory) results in spatial disorientation, and varying degrees of unsteadiness, or imbalance.

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Regular Socks Do Diabetics’ Feet a Real Disservice

Diabetic Socks - Dry Feet SocksHearing the diagnosis that increased insulin sensitivity means you have type-2 diabetes can be a shock and trying to figure out what to do next can feel overwhelming. Most people know the basics: talk with a doctor about any medication they recommend to ameliorate the condition, start an approved diet and exercise plan to help maintain a healthy weight and so on. Yet many may not know that there are certain complications of the disease that require special care, specifically neuropathy and nerve damage. It’s why diabetic socks make sense for patients looking to minimize injury.

Alarming Statistics for Diabetics

Recent improvements in blood sugar control and other techniques used to help diabetes patients has decreased the likelihood of amputation of the lower limbs, yet one in 500 women and three times as many men will face the loss of a foot or leg each year. Those numbers grow as patients age.

Those rates are particularly concerning due to the increase in type-2 diabetes diagnoses in the United States. There are more than 25 million adults with type-1 or type-2 diabetes and the latter number is growing, in part because of problems with obesity. While a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control, Nilka Rios Burrows, noted that the numbers are dropping, “more work is needed.” One way to do that is with a comprehensive care plan that includes diabetic socks.

Government Recommendations for Diabetic Sock Use

The National Institutes of Health note that caring for one’s feet plays a critical role in limiting the ravages of diabetic neuropathy. While following these steps will not necessarily limit the extent of nerve damage nor reverse the process, it will limit the complications of sores and ulcers: Continue Reading Regular Socks Do Diabetics’ Feet a Real Disservice

Understanding Lesser Known Problems for Diabetes Patients

Diabetic socks, compression socks

Compression Socks – basic diabetic care products to help avoid complications.

When patients are first diagnosed with insulin sensitivity, they can find a bevy of information online and advice from their doctor regarding the basics such as the complications of risks of heart disease and blindness, kidney damage. Further, the common treatments include medications that help promote pancreatic cell growth in addition to dietary and other lifestyle changes. With the advent of research on other systems in the body and related disorders, it is important to be aware of these rarer issues for people with type-2 diabetes or who were diagnosed as children.

Get Teeth Checked and Consistent Periodontal  Care

There is mounting research that taking care of one’s teeth and gums play a key role in immune health and limiting the potential for complications from diabetes and other diseases that develop as people age. While there are some questions about the limits of the efficacy of periodontal interventions, the professional association of these medical professionals note that “intensive treatment” can still play a role in helping diabetic patients achieve their goals for glycemic control because, as Dr. Stuart J. Froum told DentistryIQ, “a number of population suggest … there is indeed a relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease.” More research may help understand how these links work. Continue Reading Understanding Lesser Known Problems for Diabetes Patients

New Studies Indicate Importance of Exercise, Diet for Type-2 Diabetes Patients

Diabetes Socks - Circulation SocksRecent research on cardiovascular health and problems with blood sugar have focused on preventing insulin sensitivity rather than how to help people who have type-2 diabetes cope with their condition. However, at least one study published in the British Medical Journal found that people with this chronic condition may be able to reduce the risk of future heart disease by working out, whether or not one uses specialized clothing including diabetes socks.

The Findings of Exercise to Minimize Cardiovascular Disease in Patients

Scientists and medical professionals at the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University analyzed several dozen trials. They found that there was a similar efficacy for people who exercised regularly in limiting the effects of heart disease, as well as those who were at risk of developing type-2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

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Benefits of Diabetic Socks

seamfree_silverThere are a number of physical concerns that can affect a diabetic’s quality of life. Though many may not realize it, one of the most worrisome areas of concern lies quite literally at a diabetic’s feet. For people suffering from this condition, the feet are often one of the most vulnerable areas on the body as it is susceptible to a number of painful lacerations and blisters. Thanks to neuropathy and the sensitive, weakened state of a diabetic’s feet, diabetic socks have become a vital tool in helping prevent dangerous, possibly infectious injuries.

While many people realize the potential peril that may lay at a diabetics feet, many feel the diabetic socks are little more than just another cost. On the contrary, diabetic socks offer a number of benefits that are vital to improving the quality of life for a diabetic. Below are just a few ways that diabetic socks can help people suffering from diabetes.

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Introducing the Diabetic Sock Blog

Welcome to Creative Care’s new diabetic sock blog! As a proud provider of diabetic socks, compression socks, body sleeves and more, we’re excited to start this new blog as a resource for anyone interested in learning more about our products, their benefits and how they can relieve some of the many burdens diabetics face on a daily basis.

Why the Need for a Diabetic Sock Blog?

healthy_solesCreative Care realizes that being diagnosed with diabetes can lead to a number of changes in a person’s life. Eating differently, getting more exercise, monitoring blood sugar—these are just some of the major changes a diabetic has to endure. To help ease this transition, we will be posting information and news as a way of aiding those affected by this disease. On top of that, we’ll explain the benefits of our socks and how they can relieve some of the stress and pain diabetics may feel on their feet.

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