Since Type 2 diabetes has the propensity to cause a multitude of other medical complications, diabetics have to pay close attention to every aspect of their health. But although diabetics will quickly tell you just how important it is to have the right kind of shoes, some might not fully realize it also means having the right kind of socks to wear. Even if they have heard of diabetic socks, they might not believe they make a big enough difference to warrant the effort and expense of owning them. Do they?
The answer is an emphatic “yes”. Diabetic socks provide so much more protection than traditional socks because of how they are designed. Some individuals might scoff at the price of diabetic socks, which can easily start at around $9.00 a pair and upwards. While this is equivalent to the same amount you would normally pay for an entire bag of socks, this can certainly be considered relatively expensive – especially for an older individual who might be on a fixed income. But you have to be willing to look past the price tag and look at the big picture in order to see the savings.
Diabetic socks aren’t just about the name. They are more of an investment. In fact, they should be looked at as a preventative maintenance tool, if you will.
Why should someone be willing to pay so much for one pair of socks? Because of the added insurance they offer to the person with diabetes. Diabetic socks reduce the amount of moisture that builds up around the foot – especially in the summer months. Pulling the moisture away from the foot means the foot remains drier and far less likely to develop fungus and bacterial growth.
Diabetic socks also offer another form of protection: they are made without seams. An absence of seams around the foot eliminates the sock from bunching up and causing foot irritation. No seam around the top of the sock means there is no constriction around the lower leg, which creates the prime opportunity for decreased blood flow – a common problem for diabetics.
By reducing the possibility of bacterial infection and a decreased blood flow to the feet you are, in essence, eliminating much of the problems that plaque diabetics. When you consider the fact a large majority of foot and lower leg amputations are a direct result of having diabetes and unstable blood sugar, it only makes sense to do whatever you can to lower the odds.