How Compression Socks Work for Diabetics

There are so many different types and brands of compression socks out there aimed at people with diabetes.  What is it about stockings and hosiery, which can help to relieve specific symptoms?  Many people who have diabetes may find that they struggle with oedema or swelling.  That can occur in the lower extremities, such as in the legs or feet.

This swelling often occurs as a result of blood pooling and poor circulation.  So where do diabetic compression socks come in?  Why is it important for diabetics to use stockings designed explicitly for their condition?  Let’s take a closer look.

swollen feet being massaged

How the Right Socks for Diabetes Can Help

Compression socks can help to recirculate blood.  However, their benefits for diabetes sufferers goes a little deeper than this.

  • Oedema in diabetics can lead to long term pain, discomfort and even further problems and conditions.  Failure to attend to swelling in the legs and feet could lead to ulcers, which if left untreated, may become fatal.
  • Many diabetics suffer from fatigue, strain and aching in their legs and feet.  Therefore, many will wear compression socks for pain and discomfort relief.
  • Compression socks work by targeting veins in the legs and feet.  This is so that they can redirect blood back towards parts of the body which need it.  Diabetes is a condition which affects blood health and sugar levels.  This means that, more often than not, a diabetic will suffer from poor circulation unless they keep things in check.
  • Compression socks for diabetics are also designed to help prevent friction from footwear.  When worn correctly and without creases or wrinkles, diabetic compression socks can prevent skin rubbing.  They can even help to protect against cuts and grazes.  Diabetics are at risk of many problems from open wounds, sores and ulcers.
  • What’s more, compression stockings also help to prevent further nerve damage and to gently press fluid and blood away from pooling areas.  That means that they are often a viable, comfortable source of help for those who do not wish to go into surgery.

Compression socks may also prove to be a cost-effective form of relief and support.  Wearing these socks and stockings regularly will negate the need for expensive treatments elsewhere.

Why Choose Diabetic Socks?

Our diabetic compression socks range is specially designed by medical professionals to help aid everyday comfort.  Therefore, any swelling, fatigue or general aches and pains can be easily soothed and remedied with gentle pressure.  Unlike other compression socks in the TXG catalogue, diabetic socks are designed with added protection for your skin.  This means you are always protected, no matter where life may take you.

No matter your lifestyle choices and no matter your activity levels, compression socks may prove to help soothe problems you may be experiencing as a diabetic.  Why not take a look at our fantastic range of socks available online?  Or, simply call the TXG team on 0800 894 769 to learn more.

Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.

About Heather Gatland

Chief Sock Checker at TXG Socks

After finding that compression socks sped up the healing of an injury, Heather wanted to help others do the same, so founded TXG Compression Socks in Australasia in 2013. With her 6 years of ‘hands-on’ experience working with medical professionals, extensive business experience and Chartered Accountant qualification, Heather knows all the ins and outs of the compression socks market. Heather’s goal of helping baby boomers, like herself, has finally come true. Heather loves researching and sharing her findings on the TXG blog as well as enjoys supporting her customers to get back to feeling happy, energised and active.

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