November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and I thought I would take a few minutes to discuss the effects of diabetes on veins. Diabetes 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. High blood sugar can damage blood veins and lead to blocked veins which can impair circulation. With poor circulation, small cuts or scrapes are more difficult to heal and can lead to venous ulcers. High blood sugars can also cause nerve damage which can make it tough for a diabetic 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.
As we age one of the changes we experience is the formation of varicose veins. Varicose veins is now the 10th leading chronic condition of people over the age of 64. People with diabetes have an even greater challenge because changes in the blood make blood clots in the deep veins of the legs more likely to form. These are called deep vein thrombosis or DVT and can travel to the lungs and become a pulmonary embolism. Patients with Diabetes have a 1.5 times increased risk of DVT or Pulmonary embolism. Good news for diabetics over 50…diabetics who are less than 50 years old have this higher risk of DVT or Pulmonary embolism.
Foot Care Tips:
- Check you feet each day.
- Make sure your feet stay 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…such as biodetic Foot Care Cream
- Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
- Wear well-fitting, soft shoes.
- Check shoes daily for things that might damage your feet.
- Keep your blood glucose under control
- Wear well-fitting socks, with a non-irratating toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.
Selecting the correct pair of socks for the diabetic is crucial. Some diabetics may require a higher compression such as a 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg, but other diabetics just need the foot care the Jobst SensiFoot can provide. Jobst has designed the SensiFoot Diabetic Socks especially for the diabetic’s unique needs. The SensiFoot combines comfort with the protection needed from diabetes related foot problems.
SensiFoot Socks have:
- Non-irritation toe seam
- Multi-fiber yarns that separate the SensiFoot Socks from other socks
- Non-constricting yarns
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal finish
We just happen to have SensiFoot Diabetic Socks on sale right now… Buy 3 pair get one of like kind free while supplies last! The free pair will appear in your cart, but You must choose the size and color of your free selection in your cart!
Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose (in the compression necessary for your diagnosis) is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy whether you are diabetic or not.