Good foot care is essential for preventing neuropathy problems

Good foot care is essential for preventing neuropathy problems

Learn what to look for in diabetic socks.

Diabetes is a chronic illness that can require lifelong treatment and care. If you have diabetes, you’re at risk of developing serious complications like foot infections and neuropathy (nerve damage) – the most common of which affect the nerves in the feet.

Good, consistent diabetic foot care – including choosing appropriate diabetic socks - is essential to avoid amputation of the toes, feet, or even the entire leg below the knee.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:

  • sharp pains in the feet that are worse at night
  • tingling or burning sensations in the feet and toes
  • foot deformities and ulcers
  • numbness in the feet and toes

If you have diabetic neuropathy and lose feeling in your feet, it’s possible to get injured and never feel it. For example, if you had a small rock stuck in your shoe, it might rub against your foot and results in a small ulcer. If you don’t routinely check your feet for injuries, they could get worse and become infected.

Proper diabetic foot care involves checking your feet for injuries and infections. It can also mean wearing the right shoes and diabetic socks, like Jobst® SensiFootTM

Proper diabetic foot care involves checking your feet for injuries and infections. It can also mean wearing the right shoes and diabetic socks, like Jobst® SensiFootTM

Diabetic socks

Socks for people with diabetes are designed to minimize foot injuries and keep feet warm and dry. While there are different types on the market, they typically share many of the same general characteristics – they are seamless, moisture-wicking and breathable (to keep feet dry to prevent infections), fitted and square-toed.

Seams can rub against your skin and cause blisters or ulcers so most diabetic socks are made without them. Many diabetic socks are fitted to the foot and leg to keep loose fabric from rubbing against the skin.

If you don’t have neuropathy, select the socks that are the most comfortable. Conversely, if you have neuropathy to the point where you have numbness in your feet or toes, you should consider wearing fitted socks so there’s no loose fabric to bunch up and rub against your skin. Having said that, if you have poor circulation – be aware that limited blood flow to your feet can make diabetic foot injuries worse and slow the healing of wounds.

Livia De Los Rios

Livia De Los Rios is president and CEO of Allied Medical Supply located at 424 S. Main St., Suite M in Orange. She can be reached by calling (714) 935-9200 or visit www.AlliedMedical.net

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