In honor of the recent World Diabetes Day, we’ve dedicated this blog post to discussing a side effect of high blood sugar that is often overlooked—foot sensitivity. Foot sensitivity may seem like a minor problem when compared to the long term implications of diabetes (heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, strokes, etc.), it’s still a daily inconvenience for millions of diabetics. If left untreated, it’s possible that a minor decrease in circulation can lead to painful foot ulcers and even escalate to amputation.
Thankfully, there is a treatment for diabetes-related foot injuries is far less invasive than the painful injections administered for insulin regulation. Read on to discover more information about the causes of diabetic foot sensitivity and the best method for managing it!
Why are foot ailments prevalent amongst diabetics?
High blood sugar has a devastating effect on the way our bodies’ circulatory and nervous systems operate. Blood vessels line the walls of our arteries and veins, and fat deposits slowly begin to form when glucose levels rise. These fat deposits limit the amount of blood that can flow freely through your veins and increase the chance of blood clots.
Diabetics experience problems in their extremities because blood has a difficult time traveling through narrowed passageways from the heart all the way to down to the feet. As a result, diabetics may feel like their feet are constantly cold or may not be able to feel any sensation at all.
Along with the circulatory problems associated with diabetes, it’s important to understand the disease’s effect on the nervous system. The most notable foot ailment caused by nerve damage is diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes debilitating numbness that can leave sufferers unaware of serious injury to their feet. The lack of feeling caused by Neuropathy can cause ulcers, lacerations and serious infections to be ignored by the diabetic. This numbness is especially prevalent with nerves located on the soles of feet.
How can diabetics make foot issues manageable?
Unfortunately, damaged nerves can’t be replaced and blood flow can’t be entirely restored to its original capacity. However, there are treatment options that focus on encouraging a healthy lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. For those with Type 2 diabetes, eating healthy and staying active can help keep blood sugar down.
In addition to incorporating healthy practices, diabetics should invest in a few pairs of non-restrictive socks. One example of these special socks for diabetics is our Thermoskin Walk-On Slippers. These heat therapy socks facilitate improved circulation by increasing the oxygenation of the skin. Each sock is crafted from breathable, moisture-wicking material that allows the free flow of air while simultaneously retaining heat.
If your feet are in constant pain, putting on your socks in the morning can be an unpleasant process. You can greatly reduce your discomfort by switching from normal socks. Thermoskin Slippers come with convenient pull up tabs that allow you to slip into your socks and adjust tightness without issue.
By swapping out your old constricting tube socks with a breathable pair of Thermoskin Slippers, you can effectively minimise the daily foot pain caused by diabetes. If you have any other treatment tips you’ve found useful, add them to the comment section below! Be sure to check out our website for more information about socks for neuropathy, including an intuitive size guide and an instructional video.
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