Foot Care :: Special socks ward off diabetic foot sores

The difficult-to-heal foot sores that people with diabetes are prone to develop might be prevented with double-layer socks, going by the results of a small study.

The foot-care socks apparently reduce in-shoe pressure on the underside of the foot, which “is an acknowledged risk factor in the development of (foot) ulcers” in people with nerve damage related to diabetes, report Dr. Adam P. Garrow, of Withington Hospital, Manchester, UK, and colleagues.

The special socks have a double-layer construction consisting of a padded outer layer to cushion the feet, as well as a low-friction fiber inner layer to reduce friction at the sock/foot interface.

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