Diabetic Foot Care: Foot Massage As Neuropathy Treatment

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Diabetes has various symptoms depending on your blood sugar elevation. The most common include increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, irritability, fatigue, and unexplained weight reduction. High blood sugar increases the likelihood of suffering from diabetic neuropathy. In addition to shedding light on this condition, we’ll discuss how you can manage it through therapeutic foot massages.

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Excess blood sugar adversely affects nerve fibers all over your body. Neuropathy occurs due to nerve damage on your hands, arms, legs, and feet. Its symptoms include sharp pain, tingling, a burning sensation, joint problems, sensitivity to touch, numbness, and weak muscles.

One way of managing diabetic neuropathy is to ensure your limbs are always clean and moisturized. It’s advisable to bathe with antibacterial soap then rinse the residue with warm water. Apply a specialized lotion after drying off the area with a soft, clean towel.

How Does Massage Help With Diabetic Neuropathy?

According to research, massages reduce diabetes symptoms in various ways. They include lowering blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C, pain management, and treating diabetic foot ulcers. Not every massage has the same results. The effectiveness depends on factors such as:

  • The type of massage and therapist’s skills.
  • The extent of neuropathy.
  • The duration of each massage and the number of sessions.
  • Your mental receptiveness.

A massage helps by improving blood circulation in the parts that experience neuropathy. The more active your muscles are, the more nourished your nerve endings will feel. Even if you don’t exhibit the symptoms yet, this improved circulation plays a preventative role.

Beneficial Foot Care Options for Diabetics

Studies show a marked improvement among diabetes patients who receive up to 3 weekly 30-minute Thai foot massages. This form of therapy improves your sensations, range of motion, eases anxiety, and revives energy. Swedish massage and traditional Chinese medicinal foot baths also show positive results for patients with neuropathy symptoms.

If you need a foot massager for home use, ensure it has the necessary features to tackle foot pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. They include pressure point targeting surfaces, heat options, arch bars, and oscillating footpads. Cloud and Shiatsu foot massagers also do a great job of kneading, rolling, and heating your feet.

It’s advisable to seek your doctor’s advice before scheduling a professional massage or using a commercial product. Take special precautions if you have conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and open wounds. A Thai massage is not advisable for pregnant women or patients who’ve had recent surgery. Other medical concerns include bleeding disorders, burns, and deep vein thrombosis.

Other Effective Diabetic Foot Care Solutions

Your physician may advise you to stay off your feet to reduce pain from neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers. This solution also prevents infections from getting worse. Diabetic shoes have ergonomic soles and anatomical orthotic insoles to provide excellent cushioning while relieving pressure.

They’re also made of breathable and padded materials to avoid friction with your skin. These shoes offer extra space for your toes to protect your nerves whenever your foot swells. Other wearable solutions include foot braces, compression wraps, casts, and shoe inserts.

Diabetic socks also offer an affordable, comfortable, and stylish solution to your foot care problems. They allow you to live life to the fullest while managing diabetes. Other effective alternatives include compression and linear socks, neuropathic dressing covers, brace sleeves, thermal bed socks, and comfortable body sleeves.

Creative Care Is the Solution to Your Foot Care Needs

At Creative Care, we go to great lengths to design comfortable and medically beneficial products for diabetes patients. Our high-quality diabetic socks are perfect for tackling moisture and friction, as well as reducing pressure from seams and wrinkling. Other than tailor-making them for all genders, they come in various sizes, colors, and designs. Please call us today for customized solutions to your foot care needs.

How can diabetic socks help you?

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According to the CDC, 34.2 million people have diabetes. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that 60-70% of diabetes patients suffer from some level of peripheral neuropathy. Continue Reading How can diabetic socks help you?

Diabetic Socks: Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Quality of Life

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Foot care is a fundamental part of living with diabetes. Wearing diabetic socks regularly can help you take proper care of your feet and live a normal and enjoyable life. These socks are made from high-quality materials with excellent moisture absorption capabilities. They are non-constricting, seamless, well-padded, and close-fitting. They also feature a nylon exterior to significantly minimize friction and the possibility of a foot injury, while walking. That is the level of precision that goes into designing these crucially important socks. Read on to learn how diabetic socks can enhance your quality of life living with diabetes. Continue Reading Diabetic Socks: Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Quality of Life

Neuropathy Socks: The Benefits for Diabetics

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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?

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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?

Why Foot Health & Body Weight are Important to Diabetics

diabetic footwearIt seems to be fairly common knowledge that living life as an especially overweight or obese person is a situation that can lead to diabetes.

According to medical professionals, in fact, more that 25 percent of all obese people have diabetes, whether they know it or not.

Much lesser known, however, is the fact that foot complications are extremely prevalent in individuals with diabetes. If you happen to be diabetic yourself, practicing proper foot health is extremely important.

If you’re an obese person who hasn’t been diagnosed as diabetic, there are a number of actions you can take right now to keep your feet healthy and in good shape. Caring for your feet regularly may even help you discover the beginning of a potential problem before it gets worse.

Regularly Checking and Caring for Your Feet

If you’ve ever wondered why people who suffer from diabetes are also at high risk for various foot issues and complications, there’s actually a fairly simple explanation. Diabetes, especially when it’s not being properly treated, can lead to serious cases of nerve damage in the extremities, especially the legs and feet.

Because the nerve damage condition suffered by diabetics leads to losses in pain sensation, many people with this issue don’t notice dangerous issues until it’s too late. If they can’t feel the pain of a wound, in other words, they may not know it’s there.

Unfortunately, nerve damage also causes poor circulation, which doesn’t allow the body to self-heal as quickly as it otherwise would. Nerve damage also makes infection much more likely, because it leads to the body having a harder time fighting bacteria.

All of which is to say that diabetics, or anyone who thinks they may be at risk of developing the disease, should take especially good care of their feet on a daily basis. Wearing diabetic footwear, especially diabetic socks, AFO liner socks and compression socks developed specially for people who suffer from these issues is probably the best place to start when it comes to proper foot care.

The Importance of Dry Feet

You should also check your feet daily, preferably with a mirror, for cracks, sores, areas of discoloration, or cuts or bruises you haven’t noticed. Again, any nerve damage you may be suffering from could keep you from feeling pain if you’ve somehow damaged your feet.

That’s why diabetics are also advised to stay out of hot tubs and steer clear of extremely hot baths or showers—it may not be possible to tell if the skin on your feet or legs is being scalded.

You’ll also want to do your best to regularly keep your feet dry. That’s because bacteria are naturally attracted to dark, wet places on the body, and feet that are wet—from either sweat or water—make for ideal candidates where bacteria is concerned. An overabundance of bacteria on the feet can lead to infections, which can be dangerous for diabetics.

To keep your feet dry, always towel off thoroughly after showering, especially between the toes. If your feet are naturally sweaty, try using baby powder. And while it’s generally fine to use moisturizer on your feet if they’re often dry and cracked, take care not to moisturize the area between your toes. If your socks or shoes become wet, either from sweat or water, do your best to remove them as soon as possible.

Why Maintaining Your Body Weight Can Reduce Your Chance of Developing Diabetes

If you’re interested, there is a scientific reason obese people are so prone to developing diabetes. This may be a bit of an over-simplification, but essentially, the individual cells that make up your body will be forced to work much harder than they’re normally expected to if you’re overweight. The heavier you are, the more stress you’re placing on each of those cells.

Your cells have a response to this stress: They cause your body’s insulin receptors to malfunction. Once that happens, unnaturally high levels of sugar glucose will begin circulating throughout your body. That’s definitely not a good thing. It’s also why more than 80 percent of people who suffer from diabetes are also overweight.

If you’re overweight and feel you may be at risk of developing diabetes, you will, of course, want to exercise more (after first consulting your physician) while significantly lowering your consumption of junk food and other processed foods. In particular, you’ll want to keep your sugar intake as low as possible. Lowering your carbohydrate intake is also a good idea, because both sugar and carbs cause high levels of insulin to be released.

The Highest Quality Diabetic Socks on the Market

No matter what you plan to do to battle your diabetes—or to lower your chances of developing it in the first place—owning a few pairs of the highest quality diabetic footwear on the market is a very wise place to begin.

Take a look at the wide range of diabetic footwear sold by Creative Care, and take a look at the company’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page and “Resources” page while you’re there. With Creative Care’s diabetic footwear, you’re only steps away from a diabetic’s best defense against foot issues.

The Importance of Proper Shoe Fit for Diabetics

diabetic socks & footwearFinding the right diabetic socks & footwear is one of the bigger decisions we make when it comes to clothing. We want shoes to look good, but we also want them to fit well.

Proper shoe fit becomes even more important for people living with diabetes, as the illness can reduce the amount of blood reaching the feet, causing a number of foot problems.

We’ve got you covered when it comes to diabetic socks and support compression socks, but here are some tips for buying shoes when you have diabetes:

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