Diabetic Foot Care – Part 2:
Socks – “Your First Line of Defense”
In our last article we briefly looked at the two major problems those with diabetes encounter, poor blood circulation and nerve damage. In it, we mentioned a few helpful preventative foot care measures [Click Here to Read the Previous Article].
In today’s article, we’ll take a look at some more helpful, preventative measures, as well as examining the features and benefits of your first line of defense when it comes to healthy, happy feet: socks.
[Make sure you check with your doctor and/or health care specialist before making changes to your diet and nutrition routine. See our Medical Disclaimer.]
Inspect your feet daily. Following a few simple steps (forgive the pun) may prevent serious foot problems from occurring. If you’ve already been taking good care of your feet, keep up the good work. Sometimes a daily routine or ritual can become mundane and monotonous. Be encouraged. What you’re doing is for your benefit.
If you haven’t given much thought to your feet in the past, don’t put it off another day. Make today the first step in a long journey of good, healthy foot care.
Personal Foot Care
Inspect your feet daily. Examine your feet for cuts, blisters, swelling, and red spots. Don’t forget to check the soles of your bare feet. If you have to, use a mirror to see the bottoms of your feet or ask someone to help you.
Be more active, however, you’ll want to check with your health care team before proceeding with an moderate to rigorous exercise regimen (see Medical Check Ups below).
Keep your feet clean to prevent bacteria from forming. Wash your feet daily and dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
Prevent skin irritation and topical formations by maintaining soft and smooth skin. Use a thin coating of lotion on the skin of your feet, both on top and on the bottom, but not between your toes.
Keep your toenails neat and trimmed. Toenails should be trimmed straight across the nail and the edges should be filed with a metal file or emery board.
Never walk barefoot. Wear socks and shoes:
- Socks are important and will be covered below.
- Shoes must be comfortable and should be purchased for a precision fit. Remember, you get what you pay for so don’t scrimp on your shoe purchase. A discounted pair of shoes may save you money, however, if they are too tight or too lose, it could cost you more in medical expenses and poor foot health in the long run. When it comes to your foot health, truly, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- Inspect the insides of your shoes before putting them on. Ensure the linings and insoles are smooth, free of snags, and clear of any foreign objects which may have fallen in. The only things allowed in your shoes are your feet surrounded by good socks.
You can burn or freeze your feet without realizing it. Protect your feet from excessive heat and cold:
- Foot wear is needed for the beach or hot pavement.
- Test your bath water or water for your shower. Don’t make it too hot or cold for your feet.
- Avoid water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets.
Maintain good blood circulation for your feet:
- Elevate your feet when you sit down.
- Wiggle your toes and rotate your ankles two or three times per day for at least five minutes each time.
- Avoid crossing your legs for prolonged periods of time.
- Don’t smoke.
Medical Check Ups
Get your a complete foot examination from your doctor at least once per year… and more frequently if you suffer from foot ailments.
Remove your shoes and socks while waiting for your physical examination.
As your doctor for a list of preventative measures and him or her explain the foot care do’s and don’ts.
Because those suffering diabetes are more prone to foot problems, having a foot care specialist join your health care team may be an option for you. Check with your primary care physician about it at your next visit.
Your health care provider can trim corns or calluses for you; and if you cannot do so safely, they can also trim your toenails.
Point out any changes to your feet during your examination. Let your health care provider know of cuts or breaks in the skin, an ingrown toe nail, or changes in color, shape, or if your feet just feel different, such as more pain or a loss of sensation.
Ask your health care professional about what exercise regimen would be best suited for you.
Ask your doctor about insurance coverage for special shoes.
Sock It to Me
One of your first lines of defense are the socks you put on your feet before you slip on your shoes. As technology has advanced, doctors and researchers have developed socks specifically designed with the diabetic in mind, and GEM SHOE REPAIR carries exactly what you need… Orthofeet’s BioSoft™ Bamboo socks.
The BioSoft™ Bamboo socks are innovative and feature non-constrictive assembly, an special seam-free design, an exceptional moisture wicking system coupled with softness and extra cushioning. This unique combination offers unrivaled comfort and protection for sensitive feet and for those with diabetes.
Check out some of the awesome features and benefits of these excellent socks…
Non-Constricting Design. Its loose knit construction provides the best stretch without losing shape. What’s the Benefit to You? The construction enhances fit and comfort, and most importantly, you’ll receive the maximum blood flow to your feet, improving circulation.
DryPlex™ Moisture Wicking System. The wicking system reduces moisture retained in the sock. What’s the Benefit to You? Your feet will be kept dry and comfortable, ensuring a healthier atmosphere for sensitive, diabetic feet.
Seam-free. The Unique Inverse Linking Design provides a virtually seam-free sock interior. What’s the Benefit to You? Your feet will receive the best protection possible against blisters and skin irritations.
Anti-Bacterial/Anti-Odor. The BioSoft™ socks are specially engineered with bamboo fibers, which contain natural anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties. What’s the Benefit to You? These socks inhibit bacteria and control foot odor.
Anti-Blister Soft Bamboo Fibers. The bamboo fibers themselves, along with a unique brushing process, present an extremely soft sock interior. What’s the Benefit to You? The sock minimizes friction and rubbing, providing maximum comfort and protection.
Dual Tone Design. What’s the Benefit to You? The white soles help you to visually detect wounds, which is important for those with diabetes and neuropathy.
Soft and Comfortable. The bamboo fibers feel extremely soft and comfortable. What’s the Benefit to You? It eliminates irritation on your skin by reducing shear forces when walking.
If you suffer from diabetes, neuropathy, circulatory problems, and edema, Orthofeet’s BioSoft™ Bamboo socks are the socks for you!
The socks come in variety of sizes, women’s sizes 4-13 and men’s sizes 6-15. They are also available in three colors: black, brown and white.
The BioSoft™ Bamboo socks are machine washable in warm water like your regular color wash, and tumble dry low in your dryer (WARNING: Do not use fabric softeners or chlorine bleach).
The BioSoft™ Bamboo socks also have a 12 Month Warranty against manufacturer defects.
Come on down to Gem Shoe Repair and pick yourself up several pairs of BioSoft™ Bamboo socks today!