Compression Socks vs. Diabetic Socks: The Benefits and Differences

If you have diabetes, it’s important to address health issues linked to your condition. One common health issue is problems with poor blood flow in your legs and loss of feeling in your feet. Many people with diabetes suffer from nerve damage in their lower legs and feet which can lead to skin infections, foot sores, and neuropathy, numbness and pain in the feet. If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, protecting your legs and feet with diabetic socks is essential to prevent serious health problems.

Creative Care specializes in diabetic socks and compression socks that promote proper blood flow and prevent injuries to your legs and feet. Although different, both types of socks offer numerous health benefits to anyone suffering with diabetes.

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Neuropathy Socks: The Benefits for Diabetics

Diabetic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that is common in diabetic patients. High blood sugar can weigh heavy on your nerves and cause some damage. The most affected nerves are those around the legs and feet.

Depending on the nerves affected, the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from numbness and pain around your legs and feet to upsets in your digestive system, urinary tract, heart, and blood vessels. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that affects up to 50% of patients living with diabetes.

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Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

People who have diabetes are more likely to have problems with poor blood flow (circulation) or loss of feeling (sensation) in their feet. Poor circulation to the foot may lead to sores that are slower to heal. Loss of feeling or sensation is caused by damage to the nerves in the lower legs and feet.

Diabetic socks provide extra protection to help people with diabetes for their feet and avoid injury. Complications from diabetes can result in reduced blood flow to the feet as well as an increased risk of infections and other issues, and these socks are an easy way to help protect your feet. Continue Reading Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

Do Diabetic Socks Help with Neuropathy?

People with diabetes are often at greater risk of sustaining foot injuries or getting an infection due to potential nerve damage caused by high blood sugar.

This nerve damage – known as diabetic neuropathy – decreases sensation, leading to a greater threat of injury, injuries that you might not even know are there. This is why footwear choices and the right pair of diabetic socks are so important to people with diabetes.

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Diabetic Socks vs. Compression Socks: What’s the Difference?

An elderly man wearing diabetic socks

When you live with diabetes, proper foot care is essential.

Ignore injuries, skip your podiatry appointments, and you can end up dealing with serious health issues.

It can even be something as simple as your choice of footwear. In this blog post we’ll look at how diabetic socks and compression socks are different from regular socks and how they can help keep your feet healthy.

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Facts about Diabetes and Poor Circulation

diabetes & circulation issuesHaving diabetes can complicate your life in many ways. In addition to having to watch what you eat, you also need to worry about your circulation.

When you have high blood sugar, it can damage your blood vessels, leading to plaque build-up, which in turn lessens your blood flow. Diabetics can also develop neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can mean a loss in feeling.

Leg cramps, pain while walking, or numbness in your feet or toes an all be signs of poor circulation.

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Best Exercises for Active Diabetics

Diabetic woman holds up a glaucometerOur business here is diabetic compression socks, but we want the people who wear them to lead happy, healthy lives.

Part of that is getting enough exercise. We all need to exercise, but when you have diabetes, the need for exercise takes on new importance.

It’s so important that the American Diabetes Association suggests people with diabetes never go more than two days without getting some aerobic exercise.

The National Institutes of Health says patients with diabetes should aim for two and half hours of exercise every week. If you’re living with diabetes, here are five exercises recommended by the Cleveland Clinic:

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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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