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The Gift of Diabetic Socks for Christmas

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Proper Socks for Diabetic FeetNeed some last-minute stocking stuffer ideas for friends and relatives who live with diabetes? Well, you should consider stuffing their stockings…with stockings! Diabetic socks are a thoughtful Christmas gift to let your loved ones know that you truly care about their health and wellbeing. Socks might not be a “fun” gift to give, but they will certainly be appreciated.

We realize that not everyone knows what they are or what is the purpose of diabetic socks, but we are here to help! Your loved ones who live with diabetes have to be vigilant with regard to their foot care and protection. These particular socks are intended to reduce the risk of injuries and keep feet warm and dry.

Injury prevention is essential for your loved ones who have diabetes. With this disease, the body’s immune system is weakened and it has a hard time fighting off infection. Adding to the stresses of diabetes is the fact that it is often accompanied by neuropathy, which means that he or she may not feel it if they sustain a cut or scrape. Diabetic socks are often padded to not only cushion the foot, but also to protect it from injury.

Blisters and ulcers are often formed from pressure on the foot, including the rubbing that can occur with sock seams. These special socks are usually seamless to prevent these from developing. They are also moisture-wicking to keep their feet dry and reduce the risk of infections.

We want to make sure that you are aware of the fact that just because a pair is labeled as “diabetic” does not guarantee that they are what you are seeking. You should verify that the socks have non-elastic cuffs, there are no prominent seams, and that they will allow the feet to breathe, while at the same time keeping them warm in the winter.

Richardson Podiatry Associates hopes that these tips are helpful for finding the perfect stocking stuffer for your diabetic friends or family members. We hope that your holiday season is a happy one for you and your loved ones. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, though, come in and see Dr. Gene Reister at our Richardson, TX, office. Call us at (972) 690-5374 and schedule an appointment today!

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