Diabetic Socks: Worth the Investment?

Socks for diabetic feetMost of us have, at one time or another, held a product in our hand or stared at a wall full of goodies and asked the question, “Do I really need this?” There are many things we decide to buy because we like them, but there are certainly others that are necessities. If you have diabetes, perhaps you have questioned the true usefulness of diabetic socks. When it comes to diabetic foot care, this is one product that is worth your investment.

You may think that a sock is just a sock, but in reality there are some distinct characteristics that set a pair of diabetic socks apart. They are designed to protect and keep your feet healthy—for someone with diabetes, any extra effort to avoid a foot problem will go a long way in maintaining your foot health. Nerve damage and poor circulation can cause an injury to go unnoticed, then subsequently take a long time to heal.

To start, diabetic socks are made with materials that let your feet breathe. With good air flow and a way to let moisture escape, you reduce your risk of growing bacteria and developing infections such as Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. The moisture-wicking fibers are also often made with anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, which further protects feet. The weave of the material is such that it offers support but is not too constricting and stretches where you need. This limits the amount of irritation and friction, which reduces the risk of hot spots and blisters. These types of socks are also most often white so that you can plainly see if there is an injury or wound if you have neuropathy and wouldn’t feel it otherwise.  

If you have questions or concerns about diabetic foot care, don’t wait to find answers or receive treatment—your foot health may truly be in grave danger if you have an injury that goes untreated. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for an appointment today by calling our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108. 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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