When Do Diabetic Patients Need Compression Socks?

You may have diabetes and may be wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to compression socks.  You may not have come across them before, so you may not be sure whether or not you actually need them.  Diabetes can indeed affect different people in different ways.  With that in mind, how do you know when to buy compression socks for diabetics? 

In this short guide, we will take a look at a few scenarios and applications where diabetic socks may be beneficial to you.  We’ve already offered a complete guide on what you can expect from compression socks for diabetics, so in this post, we’ll explain why socks and stockings may help with your own unique needs and routine. 

It’s Better to Be Careful

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You may have recently been diagnosed with diabetes.  Your doctor may even have suggested that you are on the borderline in terms of diagnosis.  Regardless, it can be tempting to assume you may not need compression socks right away. 

However, it is essential that all diabetics look after their feet.  Due to blood pooling, and due to the high risk of cuts and ulcers in their legs and feet, diabetics need to make sure that they are well-protected against anything life will throw at them.  Cuts and grazes on the feet could lead to fatal consequences from infections or ulcers. 

What’s more, compression socks help to get oxygenated blood back to where it needs to go.  Poor circulation can lead to oedema and blood pooling, which means you’re going to need help to get it moving back around your body. 

Ultimately, even if you have recently been diagnosed, it’s important to discuss your diabetic socks needs with a doctor right away. 

Scenarios Which Apply

You may already have diabetes and could stand to benefit from compression socks designed to help.  If any of the following apply to you, it may be time to start taking a closer look. 

  • You may suffer from moisture in your feet – which could leave you open to infection.  Compression socks can help to control moisture build-up. 
  • You may be on your feet all day for work or otherwise.  Compression socks for diabetics can help to relieve active aches and strains. 
  • You may be pregnant – in which case, your arteries will already be working overtime.  You’ll be doubly at risk of oedema or swelling. 
  • If you have already experienced changes in your feet or are experiencing discomfort, it may be time to try wearing diabetic socks. 

Contact Us

It’s always important to keep open-minded when it comes to finding support for diabetes-related problems.  You may not be experiencing problems, but you never know when you might need a little extra help. 

Take a look at our catalogue of diabetic socks for sale and see if any appeal to you!  In the meantime, do consult a medical expert for further advice, or call our team on 0800 894 769. 

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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