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Their Mohair Medi Socks are designed specifically to aid in the therapeutic support for symptoms of diabetes, circulatory problems, Raynaud’s syndrome and sweaty feet. Find them here.
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We learn why good footcare and wearing the right socks are a top priority for people with diabetes.
High blood glucose levels experienced by those with diabetes can, over time, damage blood vessels and nerves throughout the body, including those in the feet and toes. Nerve damage can result in pain as well as a loss of feeling, meaning it’s easy for a cut, blister, infection or the like to go unnoticed.
Furthermore, diabetes can see circulation reduced which makes it harder for any wound on the foot to heal. This is the crux of diabetic footcare; it’s important to avoid small cuts or infections as recovery in diabetic patients can be slow and complex.
Essential footcare for people with diabetes
As the feet of people with diabetes are high risk, daily footcare is important.
- Wash feet gently every day. When washing, check for any wounds, cuts or damage. If anything is looking a little red or swollen, seek the help of a professional immediately.
- Dry well to prevent fungal and bacterial infections, especially in between the toes. Baby powder can also help to make sure feet are dry.
- Wear clean socks every day and, preferably, invest in socks that are designed especially for those who suffer with diabetes.
- If you have lost sensation in your feet, wear comfortable shoes or slippers (don’t walk around barefoot).
- Book regular check-ups with a podiatrist.
Invest in socks made for those with diabetes
Socks designed for those who suffer from diabetes keep feet dry, absorb sweat, keep feet warm, and prevent any restriction of blood flow or chafing. They can also provide greater padding and support.
The Mohair Medi Socks from Sock Doctor are made with a combination of mohair and bamboo for these brilliant reasons:
- Your feet with stay dry
The capillary nature of mohair means that it has natural wickability and absorbs moisture quickly, always keeping your feet dry (one of the best ways to look after your feet).
- Your feet won’t chafe
The smooth fibres and quick drying properties of mohair help to reduce chafing and prevent blisters.
- Your feet will never be too hot or cold
The breathability and insulating properties of both mohair and bamboo keep your feet cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Your feet won’t smell
The natural breathability and smooth fibres of mohair and bamboo prevent the build-up of bacteria and keep your feet fresh and odour-free.
- Your feet will be at less risk of fungal infection
Bamboo has an inherent antibacterial agent, called bamboo kun, that helps prevent fungal infections and is completely hypoallergenic.
- You’ll be wearing the softest socks
Bamboo is naturally silky soft on the skin and incredibly comfortable to wear. These are socks you’ll never want to take off. They also have flat toe seams and are non-restrictive to prevent any elastic bite.
What do the experts say about these socks?
“Many sock brands claim to have the best diabetic socks, but having tried various other brands, I have found that the Mohair Sock Doctor socks truly do what they claim to do –keeping the feet dry, fungus-free with a non-restrictive top band. Thank you for a great product.” – Neil van der Merwe, Orthotist Prosthetist, Mobility Assist.
“We assist numerous patients with problematic feet, these patients need special attention and care when it comes to their feet. We have received excellent feedback from our patients. These socks are comfortable, suitable for our diabetic patients and it doesn’t hurt that these socks come in a variety of prints and colours.” – OP Active