This month I have been addressing foot health. Since we currently have All Sigvaris products on sale right now, I thought this week we would look at the Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Sock for foot health.

People with diabetes often have circulation problems that can cause peripheral edema in their feet, ankles, and legs. There are many causes of peripheral edema, not necessarily related to diabetes, such as standing or sitting for longs periods of time, physical inactivity, heredity, pregnancy, surgery and/or trauma and some illnesses. Peripheral edema can also be associated with more serious conditions – many of which can be associated with diabetes complications such as heart disease, venous insufficiency, and kidney disease. Certain diabetes medications can cause edema. 

Did you know diabetics are at a greater risk for developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) than the average person?

    Development of a DVT is influenced by:
  • Thickness of blood
  • Rate of blood flow
  • Quality of the vessel wall

High glucose levels can cause dehydration which thickens the blood and can assist with the development of a blood clot. The Center for Disease Control recommends wearing graduated compression stocks to help prevent DVT.

A complication of DVT is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome or PTS. It is a long term condition which causes skin changes, leg ulcers, can be very painful and is compounded by diabetes. This condition can greatly affect the quality of life. It has been shown that gradient compression socks or stockings can help prevent the DVT and if a DVT occurs, can assist in the prevention of PTS.

Did you know there is a difference between a diabetic sock and a diabetic compression sock? New research shows that, for many diabetic patients, compression socks can help keep legs and feet healthy, as well as allow the diabetic to have a more active lifestyle.
 
Diabetic socks should:

  • Provide padding on the sole of the foot
  • Should fit the foot without wrinkles
  • Should be seamless or have a flat seam against the toes and foot.
  • Fibers should wear evenly and not leave thin spots where friction can occur
  • Have moisture wicking ability to keep feet dry and free of infection and blisters

Sigvaris Diabetic Compression SockThe 18-25mmHg compression (mild compression) has been shown to decrease calf, ankle and foot circumferences and may help diabetics with lower extremity edema without decreasing the circulation.

    Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Sock
  • Clinically proven to alleviate discomfort in legs
  • Non-irritation toe seam and non-binding top band
  • DriRelease® provides wicking properties and odor control

Sigvaris Diabetic Sock Qualities
Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Socks offer all the features of a diabetic sock, plus the benefit of 18-25 mmHg gradient or graduated compression. They are designed with the diabetic patient in mind. This soft, padded sock is made with DriRelease® yarns with FreshGauard® to wick away moisture and provide odor control. Extra attention has been made to provide a flat interior seam on the toe, as well as comfortable top band. Unlike some diabetic socks, which are measured by shoe size, Sigvaris socks provide a custom-like fit by measuring your ankle, calf, and lower leg length to determine the size. Look at this difference as “medicine for your legs!”

These great socks are not just for our diabetic friends, any of us can enjoy the wonderful attributes of the Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Socks. If you have worn these socks, why not tell us about your experience with them. Just click on the title of this blog entry and scroll to the bottom to leave a comment.

Here’s to Healthy Feet for a Healthy Life,

Vanda

Diabetic Compression Socks for Men
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