National Diabetes Month - Foot Health & Diabetic Socks
Posted by EcoSox on Nov 1st 2021
Did you know that November is National Diabetes Month? While November 14th is World Diabetes Day, the entire month is dedicated to spreading diabetes awareness, prevention, and treatment.
You may be wondering… what do socks have to do with diabetes? The feet are the foundation of your body. Healthy feet will lead to better overall health as being mobile is directly connected to a better quality of life. If you’re a diabetic, taking care of your feet becomes even more important. Having durable, high-quality diabetic socks is a part of keeping your feet healthy!
Diabetes Awareness & Diabetic Socks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10% of the U.S. population — roughly 34.2 million people — has diabetes. Even more than that, a staggering 34% of U.S. adults are considered prediabetic, as a result of having high blood sugar.
Many diabetics experience diabetic neuropathy, which often damages the nerves in your legs and feet. Other times, diabetics suffer from edema, which is swelling caused by excess fluids trapped in your body’s tissues. Although any part of the body can be affected, it is mostly noticeable in your hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, between 60% and 70% of diabetics have some form of neuropathy. A common symptom is numbness, such as not being able to feel your feet while you’re walking.
People with diabetes often have circulation problems that can cause wounds to heal slowly or not at all. Edema can worsen circulation. Symptoms of edema include stretched or shiny skin and swelling or puffiness.
Both of these conditions make it difficult to determine if your feet are injured or have sores, and untreated injuries can lead to infection and serious health risks. Being aware of the risks of diabetes can help those who are living in prediabetic stages to start taking steps to keep healthy.
One simple way to do this is by wearing the right kind of socks. Diabetic socks can help provide cushion and protection to prevent your feet from injury. Don’t tiptoe around foot health — take steps to help prevent foot-related health risks.
Do Diabetic Socks Keep Your Feet Healthy?
The first step to keeping your feet healthy as a diabetic is to check your feet daily. Numbness can make it difficult to feel injuries or sores, so checking your feet can help you find those spots you may not have felt or can help you keep an eye on troublesome spots to make sure they are healing.
Elevate your feet while sitting on a couch or lying in bed. You can use pillows to keep your legs propped up.
Regular exercise — 30 minutes daily — can help reduce swelling in your feet.
Stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
Try to get up and move once an hour to break up moments of inactivity.
How Can Socks for Diabetics Help?
Compression socks can improve circulation in your feet and reduce swelling by helping maintain the right amount of pressure in your feet and legs.
It’s important that your compression socks aren’t too tight as tight socks can impede circulation. EcoSox Bamboo Over the Calf Compression Socks have mild graduated compression (8-15 mmHg) to improve circulation and reduce fatigue and swelling.
The materials used in EcoSox can also help protect your feet. Bamboo viscose has a silk-like feel that will be soft against your skin and won’t cause friction, which can lead to blisters and sores. EcoSox is so confident in the quality and comfort of its socks, it also has a Lifetime Blister Free Guarantee. The naturally moisture-wicking bamboo viscose material will help keep your feet dry and reduce your risk of infection.
EcoSox has other diabetic bamboo socks including Diabetic Bamboo Crew Socks,Bamboo Quarter Diabetic Socks, and Diabetic Non-Binding Bamboo Hiking Socks. The non-binding tops are designed to give you the right amount of tension for a relaxed, easy-on fit that doesn’t restrict blood flow.
With a variety of compression and diabetic socks to choose from, EcoSox can help protect your feet and keep them healthy. Find more information about how bamboo EcoSox can help improve your foot health under the diabetic socks taband compression socks tab.