If you or someone you know suffers from a circulatory disorder such as Adema, Neuropathy, Diabetes or swelling of the ankles, then you know how important foot health is. In extreme cases infections and loss of blood flow can be caused by the socks and foot wear such ones choose.
Dr. Robert Ferry Jr., MD outlines many of the issues associated with foot health as pertains to diabetes.
Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired. These factors together can lead to abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of the foot during walking and can lead to breakdown of the skin of the foot. Sores may develop.
Diabetic Foot Care Causes
Several risk factors increase a person with diabetes chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet.
- Footwear: Poorly fitting shoes are a common cause of diabetic foot problems.
- If the patient has red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes, new properly fitting footwear must be obtained as soon as possible.
- For a look at his full dissertation on the subject please visit http://www.emedicinehealth.com/diabetic_foot_care/article_em.htm
Generally speaking there are 4 areas which can adversely effect ones feet when circulation swelling and ability to heal are impaired.
1. Toe irritation caused by Seams in the toes of socks
2. Binding or constricting of the lower leg or foot
3. Skins reaction to dye's or chemicals within the sock
4. Bacteria that finds a home in the dark humid environment of our shoes and socks
There are in fact several sock manufacturers that have made great strides in engineering a sock that address one and some that address all of the above concerns.
Creative Care has been the industry leader in this endeavor for over 20 years. Producing non restrictive looped knit weaves that feature not only a variety of colors but also natural cotton that has not been dyed or bleached.
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Several other manufactures also feature such socks in a variety of applications.
Compression support knee-hi is designed for travelers, athletes, and people who sit or are on their feet all day.
Dr Koury's Diabetic Socks
These socks feature antimicrobial properties
World's Softest Socks
They have taken their ability to create some of the softest socks you've ever felt to the compression sock market.
Carolina Ultimate Diabetic
These are a taller work/boot type sock popular with large men or those with very large calf's.
These socks by Hufman are produced in quarter top styles as well and cater to more of the athletic use wearer.
Although these socks do not fit most of the criteria one would use to describe a diabetic sock I chose to include them because of their double layer technology and CoolMax wicking properties. They are unsurpassed in abrasion and blister control while keeping feet dry and cool.
Wigwam has introduced a diabetic sock in a thermal line.
So in the end our feet are our ride to the world and if we take care of them they will take care of us.
If we are among the millions with diabetes or other circulatory issues affecting our feet then looking into the socks we wear and the shoes we wear is of paramount importance.
Diabetic socks have been one of The Sox Markets Largest volume seller for over 20 Years.