November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is national diabetes awarenss monthDiabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Diabetes can lead to circulation issues and nerve damage in the feet, which can make it tough for you to feel a blister or sore spot that is developing. Prevention of blisters and sore spots in and on the feet is paramount for diabetics.

Choose the right socks –

  • Socks with little cotton content
  • Socks that create less friction
  • Socks that have extra padding to provide added protection

Whether or not you or someone you know or love is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, diabetes is a serious health condition and affects many parts of your body, especially your feet and legs.

The American Diabetes Association gives Foot Care Tips:

    • Look at and touch your feet everyday.
    • Keep your feet clean and dry.
    • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Store suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
    • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion.
    • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
    • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes.
    • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet.
    • Get your blood glucose under control
    • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.

And be aware of:

    • Changes in skin color or temperature.
    • Swelling in the foot or ankle.
    • Pain in the legs.
    • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal.
    • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
    • Corns/Calluses/Bunions.
    • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.

 

Selecting the right pair of socks is a crucial part of your overall foot care routine. The Jobst Sensifoot diabetic sock has been designed with a diabetic’s unique needs in mind. Sensifoot combines the comfort you want in an everyday sock with the protection you need from diabetes-related foot problems. Sensifoot socks have extra padding, a non-irritating toe seam, and multi-fiber yarns that separate Sensifoot socks from other socks. In addition to being non-constricting with an antibacterial, anti-fungal finish, the Jobst Sensifoot sock is a wonderful sock!

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy.

Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Plus,

Vanda

2 Responses

  1. Love your website. I have purchased many compression stockings in the past from you. One pair I purchased was thigh high. The rubber around the top of the stocking that holds them in place has given up and the stockings no longer stay put. Any suggestions. Thanks

    • Hi and thanks for leaving a comment. This is a problem a lot of us have.
      First – are you washing your stockings in hot water (104 degrees)?
      Second – when was the last time you cleaned the silicone band with alcohol. This should be done at least weekly to remove the body protein which washing does not always remove. This can be done by dampening a cloth with rubbing alcohol and scrubbing the silicone.
      Third – it may just be time to replace the stockings.
      Thanks, Vanda

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