A Different Kind of Stocking

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

FeetThis time of year when people hear the word “stockings,” they will likely think about the ones hung by the chimney with care; or perhaps visions of green, red, and white socks with candy canes or Santa Claus on them will dance in their heads. If you are afflicted with diabetes, or have loved ones who live with the disease, that word can serve as a reminder of diabetic socks and the help they provide in preventing complications.

Minor foot issues for otherwise healthy people can turn into major problems if you live with diabetes. It only takes a blister or minor cut to potentially lead towards an infection that your body simply cannot fight. These special socks can help prevent this from happening.

These socks are made without seams to reduce the risk of causing blisters or ulcers, and offer padding to protect the foot from injury. A good pair will be moisture-wicking, breathable, and fitted. Dryness is important for preventing skin infections and a sock that conforms to the foot and leg decreases the risk of loose fabric rubbing skin and leading to injuries.

If you are looking for a thoughtful holiday gift or a stocking stuffer for a loved one who has diabetes, giving him or her diabetic socks is a great idea. When purchasing these socks as a gift it is important to look at the actual merits instead of solely trusting a label that reads “diabetic.” Verify that they do not have seams, are constructed with non-elasticated cuffs, and will control moisture to reduce the risk of fungal infection. If you have the disease, buy yourself a pair, too.

This holiday season is a great time to show the people in your life how much they mean to you. Giving a gift of socks to an individual with diabetes lets them know you care. At Parker Foot & Ankle, we hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season. If you have any questions, or need expert foot and ankle care, contact our Houston, TX, office by calling (281) 497-2850.

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