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Reduce restrictions and keep your blood flowing with the Diabetic Socks
Get the sock that doesn’t stop blood flow: the Lightfeet Diabetic socks minimise the restriction of blood flow from your leg to your ankle. Its loose-fitting feel and perfect toe seam are designed to reduce the chances of rubbing and friction: so you’ll be feeling tight without the hinderance of restricted blood flow.
Made from Bamboo yarn – so naturally in-built with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties – the Diabetic socks are stylish without having to compromise health.
Why is blood flow essential to managing diabetes?
If you’re a diabetic, it’s important to know that your blood vessels can become damaged over time if you’ve experienced high blood glycose levels. This can lead to plaque forming in the blood vessels, breaking down the ability to deliver the right amount of blood to your cells.
This is how blood flows through your body: there are two blood circulatory systems, responsible for delivering oxygen, nutrients and blood to every part of your body. Blood circulation starts from your heart — traveling from the main artery to the smaller ones, then into the capillary system. It ‘drops off’ the oxygen, the nutrients and the ‘picks up’ the carbon dioxide and waste which it later disposes of. All done between the span of two heartbeats. The oxygen and nutrients make sure that your body is getting the vital substances it needs to perform optimally.
So when parts of your body receive inadequate blood flow, it can lead to a higher chance of developing serious problems, especially when it comes to your feet.
Signs of poor blood supply to the legs and feet include:
You’ve likely felt the pins and needles sensation. If something restricts the flow of blood to your feet, you’ll feel numb until there’s an adequate blood flow again.
- Cold feet
With a reduced blood flow comes the fluctuations in temperature in the skin and nerve endings. Your feet will feel colder than the rest of your body when you’re not getting the right amount of blood circulation. And, you can also get stiffness and cramping in the lower extremities occur when oxygen cannot reach the tissues in your feet.
- Leg ulcers and swelling
Swelling occurs when fluid accumulates in the veins of the legs, also causing the development of ulcers.
- Varicose veins
Very common among people who stand for long periods of time, varicose veins make it harder for the blood to flow back to the heart.