The minor things in life can make you happy when you have neuropathy. For example, wearing comfortable and supportive socks for diabetes can help reduce foot pain and improve your quality of life. The good news is that there are many styles to choose from! Here are some factors to consider when shopping:
Is the sock made with antimicrobial properties?
Antimicrobial properties are a must-have for any sock made for neuropathy sufferers. The antimicrobial properties of the material reduce the risk of bacterial growth and help your feet stay healthy.
Antimicrobial properties are found in many fabrics, including cotton. While antimicrobial and antibacterial materials do not necessarily have the same effect, it’s essential to know that antimicrobial products will not eliminate all bacteria from your stockings or shoes. These products only work against certain types of bacteria; they do not kill all germs, like viruses or fungus spores!
What thickness of socks do you need?
Thick stockings are better for people with neuropathy. If you have diabetes, thinner ones may be a better choice. Thicker ones can be worn with shoes or slippers; they are also often used as an alternative to stockings by those who don’t like the feel of the material against their skin or dislike the idea of having something tight around their legs.
Thickness is not only an issue at the ankle: it’s essential to consider how thick your feet need to be covered. For example, if you have large feet (size 10+), then getting a pair that provides full coverage up along your calf and thigh might be necessary. Otherwise, there will be gaps where air could slip in and cause discomfort—not to mention potential frostbite if conditions become extreme enough.
What’s in a pair of socks? Think about this.
When you think about getting a new pair of socks for diabetes, it’s natural to wonder what materials are used. The type of fabric is necessary because it determines how long it will last, how well it fits and how comfortable you feel wearing them. Some materials can irritate your skin or even worsen your neuropathy symptoms. You may also want to consider how many pairs you need—and what style works best for your lifestyle.
Should you choose wool or cotton ones?
Wool ones are durable, but cotton is comfortable. If you’re not sure which option will work best for your feet and budget, consider these factors:
· Wool is excellent for neuropathy because it retains body heat better than cotton. The warm insulation helps reduce pain from the condition.
· Cotton is better for people with diabetes who have circulation issues due to their disease. This material also absorbs sweat better than wool, so it keeps feet dryer and warmer in general.
What style do you prefer?
Next, consider what style you prefer.
· Cotton or wool? Cotton is more breathable and less likely to cause chafing than wool, but it’s also less durable and can feel hot in warm weather.
· Loose or tight? If your feet are swollen or if you want them to stay up better without being too tight around the arch of your foot, opt for a looser fit.
· Thick or thin? Thin athletic ones are comfortable but may not offer enough compression or warmth.
· No show/ankle length? Ankle-length neuropathy supports are great for casual wear due to their versatility, whereas no-show options look best when paired with shorts or short skirts because they won’t show above them.
How much do they cost?
The prices can vary depending on the materials used to make them. For example, some are made with wool and cotton, while others are made with a combination of materials. Those with antimicrobial properties tend to be more expensive than their non-antimicrobial counterparts.
If you have neuropathy and need the right type to help manage your condition, then it’s essential to know what makes them tick. This article will give you insight into choosing the best ones for your needs!