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Should I Wear Diabetic Socks?

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We know how consumer culture can be, and how it has developed a natural wariness toward “upgraded” items. Is it really worth extra to have a different version of an item, and is it really “better” for you? And if we’re talking about something like diabetic socks, does it even matter? Socks are socks, right?

Well, not always. A crucial element of diabetic foot care is working to prevent even small problems from developing on your feet.  A small problem can quickly develop into a serious one if it isn’t detected, so measures of protection are very welcome.

A “diabetic sock” isn’t just one established design, however. There are many different types, but they tend to have certain characteristics in common:

  • Moisture Management: breathable or “moisture-wicking” materials that help keep feet dry and discourage the growth of fungus
  • Comfort: a fitted, padded, and/or seamless design that protects from injury and prevents blisters or ulcers from rubbing
  • Circulation: materials that encourage warmth and reduce restriction to help improve blood flow through the feet

There is no one true diabetic sock that’s best for everyone. The best choice depends on your specific diabetic foot care needs balanced with comfort. Dr. Sanjay Patel can help you determine the best types of socks you should consider, as well as the most beneficial kinds of shoes to wear over them. Family Foot Care & Surgery is your go-to for expert advice on day-to-day care and regular check-ups. Learn more by calling either of our two offices: (203) 288-4055 for Hamden or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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