Sock Shopping Checklist
Choosing the right socks is particularly important if you have neuropathy in your feet that keeps you from feeling everything under your toes—including sores.
Here’s what to look for on when you stock up on socks.
✓ Nothing that binds, like elastic
Why? Tight socks can limit the flow of blood to your feet, which means your foot—and any injuries you have—can’t get enough oxygen.
✓ Fitted, with a square toe box
Why? Socks that fit correctly don’t move around or bunch up under your foot. Shifting or socks scrunched under your feet can lead to blisters. Square toes don’t squeeze; instead they give you plenty of wiggle room.
✓ Padded, cushioned—especially at the heels
Why? The fat pad in your feet thins as you get older. Padded socks put a thicker layer between your foot and harmful objects.
✓ Breathable fabric that keeps your feet dry
Why? Damp feet invite bacteria, which can cause problems like athlete’s foot, which then creates openings in your skin that can let in more bacteria leading to infections.
Remember, choosing the right socks can be an important part of your everyday diabetes care.
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Innovation and Research in Biomedical Engineering: “Smart Diabetic Socks: Embedded Device for Diabetic Foot Prevention” http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.3993.pdf
American Podiatric Medical Association, Video: “Outsmarting Diabetes—Smart Socks.”
Healthline: “Find the Right Diabetic Socks”
ADA Diabetes Spectrum: “Sockwear Recommendations for People With Diabetes” http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/14/2/59.full
Diabetes Wellbeing: “Socks for Diabetics–Top 10 Factors!” http://www.diabeteswellbeing.com/socks-for-diabetics/