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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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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5 Tips For Caring For Diabetic Feet

When you take care of any part of your body, it takes care of you.caring for diabetic feet But when you live with diabetes, caring for yourself takes on even more importance. This applies, of course, to your diet, but also to your feet.

Having diabetes can mean you get less blood to your extremities, putting you at risk for a number of health problems. At worst, you run the risk of having a toe or a foot or even a leg amputated.

If you or someone you love has diabetes, here are a few foot care tips to keep in mind, whether you’ve just been diagnosed, or are simply trying to take better care of yourself.

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The Facts about Diabetes and Foot Care

diabetes foot careWhen you have diabetes, chances are you pay more attention to your feet than you otherwise would.

Diabetes can lower the amount of blood reaching your feet, leading to a number of problems, including the ultimate loss of a toe, foot or leg.

Diabetic foot care is too important to ignore. to help you take better care of your feet, here are 10 foot-care tips, courtesy of the National Diabetes Education Program:

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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

Diabetic Socks - Healthy Soles
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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Diabetic Socks Can Focus on Fashion

diabetic socks online - support/travel socksWhen you have diabetes, the lifestyle changes can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. For one thing, you need to start regulating your insulin and you are probably looking at some lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise). There are also new worries to contend with, depending on your age and relative health. For instance, many people begin to worry about neuropathy or numbness in the limbs. Thankfully, some of these worries can be lessened with a simple change to your wardrobe: diabetic socks. Fortunately, this is also one change that won’t have a huge impact on your lifestyle otherwise.

Diabetic Socks are an Easy Clothing Option

Buying diabetic socks doesn’t mean giving up on looking good. This simple wardrobe change can actually blend easily into your overall lifestyle. The right diabetic socks can help you head out the door with confidence.

Take men’s dress socks. In many ways diabetic socks, which have smooth elastic and seams to limit the possibility of sores or other problems in the feet, calf, and ankles, are actually better options. This is because the same lack of excess material leads to a smoother look under pants and less bunching. Creative Care offers a number of nonrestrictive products in a wide range of colors, just like standard dress socks. In fact, there is little to no difference in appearance, but you’ll certainly notice the difference in comfort.

For both men and women, if you are worried about circulatory issues, we have the same comfortable range of socks that can provide benefits here as well. Take our Exemplar Support/Travel socks. These offer progressive compression to help improve your blood flow and ward off circulatory issues. They also offer support for those who are worried about elevated soles. They also come with our comfortable thinner fabric and a lack of raised seams. Continue Reading Diabetic Socks Can Focus on Fashion

January News Roundup for Diabetic Socks Users

Stay Active - Stay HealthyThere are numerous stories about advances in diabetes treatment, growing awareness of the number of people who are at risk for these conditions and how to limit the potential complications that can include heart problems, kidney disease and even blindness. Here are some recent stories that the team at DiabeticSock.com wanted to highlight for our customers as they look for a holistic plan to manage their condition.

States Expect Spike in Type-2 Diabetes Diagnoses

Mississippi is a state with a larger problem with obesity than Pennsylvania, but the ramifications of men and women carrying excess weight has the potential to become a national epidemic. Doctors in that state say that up to one in three adults there could be diagnosed with diabetes and suffer the chronic condition in the next 15 years. That would be nearly triple the current incidence rate.

Currently, about one in three people with obesity is diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and numerous studies have demonstrated a link between problems with weight control and increased insulin sensitivity. While those statistics are significant, they are also important for people who have already been diagnosed with the condition. Further issues with complications can be reduced with proper adherence to diet and exercise regimens. In families who are predisposed, helping a parent or relative maintain healthy habits can limit the potential for children to be diagnosed with diabetes later on. Continue Reading January News Roundup for Diabetic Socks Users

Don’t Give Up on Type-2 Diabetes Diet Recommendations

Most nutritionists and health experts will say that slow and steady efforts to control your weight will lead to the most success. For many patients who have been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, however, Diabetes and Exercisetheir doctor will have told them that obesity can cause significant problems and lead to frustration if they see setbacks. New research indicates that they should hold off on quitting their diet and workouts using diabetic socks to minimize sores.

The Study

Researchers in Sweden recently completed a nearly two-year-long study to monitor the benefits of a diet low in carbohydrates for 22 months. They found that patients who kept up with their meal plans saw benefits regarding their weight (either maintaining or in many cases getting closer to their goal) as well as blood sugar levels for the entire period.

It’s true that some patients plateaued after six months in terms of weight loss and fasting serum glucose levels, but there were still no reported cardiovascular events compared to a control group. Those side effects are some of the most common for diabetes patients.

The Takeaway
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