Everyone needs a smile every now and then. The iconic image of the smiley face was originally created in 1963 by Artist Harvey Ball. But more important than the image is the message behind it: to share friendliness, kindness, and goodwill with others. He declared the first Friday in October as World Smile Day to practice what the smiley face symbolizes. Just like everyone needs a little love, most people with diabetes need a little extra foot care in the form of diabetic socks.
Socks may not be the first thing that come to mind when you think diabetic foot care, but they’re actually very important. For starters, these socks have no seams, which makes you less likely to develop blisters that could develop into ulcers. Because diabetes is often associated with poor circulation, the socks have no elastic at the cuffs, allowing blood to flow more effectively.
As far as the material goes, they’re usually made with an anti-microbial and anti-fungal synthetic yarn. This type of material gives your feet a chance to air out and reduces the chances of developing a fungal infection. The socks are usually designed with warmth in mind, too, since heat also helps keep the blood flowing.
If you’re dealing with an ulcer, look for pairs of diabetic socks that will cushion the sore area. Picking out a pair that’s white will also help detect any blood or leaking fluid from the area.
If you need any help with problems from diabetic neuropathy or wounds, know that the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group can offer the most up-to-date, expert care available. In fact, we have Foot and Ankle Centers for the Care of Neuropathy right in our office. If we can eliminate or reduce your neuropathy, the chance of diabetic ulcers will be reduced. Please call our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434. We also serve Roseville, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, and the greater Sacramento area. Now that’s something to smile about!
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