Do you suffer from diabetes? If so, you probably get swelling (peripheral oedema) in your legs, ankles and feet.
This swelling is caused by poor blood circulation. Diabetics experience this due to high blood glucose levels that thicken the blood. This thickened blood is then prevented from flowing freely through the smaller capillaries in places such as the toes and feet.
This can be serious. If not controlled, diabetes can lead to a host of problems such as ulcers and nerve damage. If you suffer damaged nerves, you may not be aware if your foot is injured, which can lead to infections — even amputation.
Since the 1950s, graduated compression garments have been used as a treatment for poor blood circulation. In fact, compression wear is thought to have originated in Taiwan where people applied pressure to their legs while bathing in hot springs. We now know that compression socks are effective for helping diabetics.
What are compression socks?
Compression socks come in a range of compression levels, known as millimetres of mercury (mmHg). They are made from specially selected fabrics that create pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. This pressure reduces the diameter of swollen veins in the legs, which speeds up blood flow and pushes the blood gently up the body.
TXG compression socks provide strong protection for the ankles. They also have no raised seams, which can be the source of irritation with ordinary socks.
Diabetic compression socks
Due to the requirements of the US Diabetics Association, you’ll find that good quality diabetic compression socks are available in white only. There is a good reason for this: Many diabetics suffer from nerve damage, so white socks make it easier for them to detect sores that they might not be able to feel.
Warning: If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor before wearing compression socks.
The best compression socks are graduated. In other words, the pressure applied is greatest at the ankles (where most of the swelling usually is) and lessens further up the leg. Graduated compression socks are far more effective than those with uniform compression and more comfortable, too.
Helping diabetics enjoy more active lifestyles
Any diabetic knows that it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Of course, if you suffer from aches and pains due to your diabetes, exercise can be a chore. The great thing about compression socks is that they ease those aches and pains. Plus, they reduce the chances of injury and help muscles recover faster.
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