Diabetes Tips: Keeping Your Feet Healthy

Diabetes is a condition that impacts millions of people, and it can have dire health consequences if it is not properly managed. Unfortunately, there are many things that must be done to properly manage this condition, and it is easy for patients to overlook some aspects of this care. In particular, it is common for individuals to underestimate the impact this disease will have on their feet. By following these two tips, you can help ensure that you avoid potentially painful complications with your feet. 

Avoid Wearing Normal Socks

Many new diabetes patients are unaware of the extreme impact this condition can have on the circulatory system. In fact, it is possible for this condition to compromise your circulatory system to the point where normal socks can impede the flow of blood to your feet. This problem can lead to numbness, and eventually the loss of the foot if it is not corrected. 

For this reason, patients are advised to only wear specially designed diabetic socks for men or women. These socks have been engineered to provide your feet with support without restricting the flow of blood. While these socks are somewhat more expensive than their counterparts, the problems they avoid make them more than worth it. 

Use Proper Washing And Dry Techniques For Your Diabetic Socks

Due to their special design, diabetic socks require special care to help ensure they provide your feet with the right protection. When you are washing these socks, you should always avoid using hot water because it can cause the fibers to warp and shrink, which may cause the socks to fit far too tightly. 

To safely dry these socks, you should hang them up in a well ventilated area and allow them to gradually air dry. A dryer can get hot enough to damage these socks, and while air drying may take longer, it will ensure that your socks correctly fit your feet for many weeks and months to come. 

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important for you to understand what needs to be done to maintain the health of your entire body. For those with this condition, even minor mistakes can result in painful and serious complications that may have profound impacts on their lives.  By understanding the importance of only wearing socks that are specifically designed for diabetes patients and the type of care these socks require, you will be in a better position to manage your condition.