The main reason for wearing diabetic socks on your feet is to protect it from blisters, cuts, scraps, abrasions, each of which potentially develop into neuropathic ulcers (sores). It would offer comfort to extremely sensitive or painful feet through the alleviation of friction and irritation and foster protection from the Swelling of the ankles and feet.
The main features of socks for diabetics:
* Seamless design: irritation of at least 60% on sensitive pressure points of the foot, by having no seams, which reduces the development of ulcers (wounds).
* Anatomical fit: Perfect match of the sock to the shape of a foot is of crucial importance, as there is a smooth wrinkle-free fit, the pressure and friction which often caused by looseness or bundling up on the toes, soles and heels are eliminated.
* Moisture Control: Synthetic materials like polyester and acrylic fibers wick away moisture from the skin to the outside of the sock, it evaporates and keeps the feet dry. Synthetic fibers are also less compaction than 100% cotton fibers.
* Non-elastic tops: With elastic, Diabetics socks exert a low-compression, which allows for existing swelling in both ankles and feet.
* Bacterial inhibitors: Proper Diabetic socks have anti-microbial inhibitors, which kill bacteria.
Diabetic Socks Material:
Contrary to the belief of some, cotton diabetic socks are not the best for diabetics who suffer with sensitive feet or nerve damage. Cotton diabetic socks absorb moisture like a sponge friction and irritation will result both of which are the main causes of blisters.
While cotton is for diabetics who are less active it is not so for more active diabetics because it has the tendency to shrink, which can restrict blood flow worsened chronic swelling in the ankles and feet.
The best diabetic socks are made from those materials which incorporate lots of synthetic fibers like acrylic or polyester. It is because they do not keep shrinking the tips of their form (i.e. they will not sag or fall down), and synthetic fibers are much more durable.
Diabetic Socks styles, sizes and colors:
Diabetic socks are in the same styles that are found in regular socks, crew, quarter-length, and below the ankle (low-cut). They have also small, medium, large and extra large sizes. For those with diabetes, men and women who are actively involved in rigorous sports, Diabetic socks are a thinner version of the same above-mentioned lengths.
Most diabetic socks are available in white, black or dark blue, but there are a few manufacturers who make them in bright colors for both men and women.
For those diabetics who are prone to blisters or ulcers white or light-diabetic socks are always the best, as you will be able to easily recognize bleeding or oozing.
Dark colored Diabetics socks are generally available for diabetics who are not prone to develop sensitivity for blisters or ulcers due to neuropathic fine (acute nerve damage).