Diabetic Socks by Well Heeled Ltd

Diabetic Socks

ShapedUp® Design Diabetic Socks

by Well Heeled

Diabetic socks – what is the link to diabetes itself?  Diabetes itself is, generally a lifelong condition, that causes blood sugars to become too high.  When a person is diagnosed with diabetes there can be further diabetic-related complications with bodily functions – such as peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular disease and infections.  These infections and subsequent issues, can, of course, affect the foot and leg regions.

Diabetic socks can help to reduce the risk of infections or foot and leg blisters for some people.  They can also help to keep the feet warm in winter and cool in summer, helping feet to keep dry and aired to further minimise the risk of infection.   The Well Heeled™ ‘ShapedUp® design diabetic sock could help to achieve all of this and more.

Unfortunately, there are no official guidelines on when the term ‘diabetic’ may be used in conjunction with a sock design.  That’s why Well Heeled Ltd has been working in conjunction with the Royal College of Podiatry, registered podiatrists and real product users, those that actually understand, work with and live with diabetes, and ShapedUp® design diabetic sock has been developed with the end-user, the customer, in mind first and foremost.

  • The welt (or cuff) is non-tight to ensure there is plenty of stretch around the top of the sock. This ensures optimal comfort and slight grip to prevent the sock from falling but not being constrictive and so not stopping blood flow to and from the leg and foot.

  • The comfort ribbing on the top half of the sock helps to further stabilise the gentle hold on the leg area but in a way where they leg can still stretch and breath. The horizontal nature of this ribbing runs in parallel with the leg shape )up and down) rather than gripping around the leg like other socks.

  • The cushioned sole also aids comfort and aids the bottom of the foot without being intrusive nor causing rubbing and could help prevent further injury to the foot area.

  • The hand linked toe seams help to reduce the friction that other socks can cause when seams are more prominent. The design can also help prevent the toes from being squeezed together and building up moisture.

  • Quality, comfortable and sustainable yarns. The high cotton content has been added to with Lycra® (elastane) to aid flexibility but also to ensure comfort and softness as well as breathability.  The ShapedUp® design diabetic sock also uses CoolMax® Ecomade technology that gives excellent cooling properties to the sock but also is made with 100% recycled resources to help the environment – helping Well Heeled to further sustainability as a small UK business but also to ensure we meet expectations of the users/customers.  This material also has excellent moisture wicking performance that helps to remove excess moisture away from the skin – something that is very important to help reduce the risk of infection.

Diabetic Socks FAQ

Do you have to wear diabetic socks if you have diabetes?

All our feet and legs are different – whether you are diagnosed with diabetes or not. You should always seek professional advice if needed for any medical equipment you may need or when you are unsure. The ShapedUp® design diabetic sock has been designed to meet as many people’s needs as possible, but it will not suit everyone. Likewise, when you are diagnosed with diabetes it does not mean you will need certain equipment all the time – including specific socks. Again, seek advice from a professional if you are unsure about the care and support you need.

Can anyone wear diabetic socks?

Yes of course if they are suitable for you needs! The Well Heeled ShapedUp® design diabetic sock is not just for people with diabetes. It could help to support other leg and foot problems such as oedema (please do ask for advice from a professional first) but the socks are just as comfortable for everyday wear too. The flexibility of the design whilst still remaining true to everyday comfort and style, the ShapedUp® design socks are suitable for many people.

What are the best diabetic socks?

There is no ‘one’ perfect diabetic socks. At Well Heeled we would love to make the claim that our ShapedUp® design diabetic sock is the ‘best’ but we won’t and shouldn’t. Why? Well because it may not be the right sock for you! Like anything in life, one thing may not suit all people – that’s the same with diabetic socks or just socks in general. We would love you to love our diabetic sock but equally it’s very important that you choose the right sock for your needs. The ‘best’ diabetic socks are the ones that meet your needs, make you feel comfortable but most of all are the ones you are happy with.

How long can you wear diabetic socks for?

Diabetic socks, as with normal socks, can be worn daily but like any other sock or clothing product, if you feel uncomfortable or there is irritation etc then you should consider changing size or type of sock. The Well Heeled ShapedUp® design diabetic sock is for everyday use and has been designed with that in mind. They should be cared for as per the washing instructions and worn according to your own needs. Like any other piece of clothing, socks will need to be replaced depending upon usage.

Disclaimer – it’s very important to us here at Well Heeled Ltd that you look after yourself – whether or not you have diabetes.  To that degree, the information provided within article is in reference to our own ShapedUp® diabetic sock design and includes general information from various sources which include the NHS.  We make no claims within this article and would always ask that you seek medical and professional advice if you have concerns about current, past or future foot, leg or other health problems.  There are links in the above article that you can use to further find out information should you need to.

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