Socks Aren’t Sexy

It is just a couple months short of a year since I last posted. So much has changed in the last 10 months. Too much to recap in this post, and this post isn’t a catch up. I had thought when life settled down I’d get back to writing. I had revamped my page and felt motivated last summer. Then some stuff came up, then some more stuff, and then 2020 came in like a wrecking ball and well, here I am finally sitting down to put pen to paper so to speak.

You may be thinking – wow what revelation has prompted a post after such a long hiatus during such a chaotic time? Well hold on to your socks because I am about to tell you.

Socks. Socks happened.

Six months ago a representative from The Diabetic Sock Club reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some ‘diabetic socks’.

Y’all know I do not have diabetes. I am a mom to 3 ‘kids’ who all have type 1 diabetes. My kids aren’t so much kids anymore, two of them are legally adults now, and the youngest is just a couple years away from being able to vote. While diabetes has been living with us for 13 years, thankfully complications haven’t moved in.

So diabetic socks. Over the last decade plus I have seen things advertised as ‘diabetic’ including socks in the isle at the pharmacy that also has glucose tabs. I admit at times I would scoff, sometimes loudly, causing other shoppers to look up from the multivitamins they were considering, when I would see things advertised specifically to ‘diabetics’. Surly people with diabetes don’t need special socks, right?

Although I was skeptical I agreed to try the diabetic socks. I figured I should try to understand how a specialized product could be beneficial to someone with diabetes.

I was sent ankle socks and crew socks.

They were not anything like I was expecting. I had it all wrong. I expected the socks to be tight fitting like the compression socks I wear on long flights to improve circulation. Instead the socks were very loose with no pressure points, yet still didn’t sag or bunch. I was very confused.

I realized I had made some assumptions regarding what I believed would be needed for diabetic socks and my assumptions were not exceptionally accurate.

I spent time wearing both the crew and ankle socks and invited my kids to try them as well.

First off they are certainly soft and comfy with padding on the heal. The seams were barely there which meant no pesky pressure points on the edges of my toes. I was unsure how the elastic would hold up on my ankle since it is very stretchy and loose. I was pleasantly surprised on how both the crew and ankle tops stood up to extended wear without bunching.

The kids agree that the socks are comfy to wear and allowed their feet to breathe nicely.

Still, since I don’t have diabetes and my kids don’t have any issues with their feet due to diabetes complications I couldn’t be sure they were good ‘diabetic socks’, I could and can say they are comfortable socks, especially on chilly nights when I was curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and the fireplace glowing (it’s gas so there isn’t any crackling).

I do have a neighbor down the road who has had Type 2 diabetes for a few decades and does experience some neuropathy pain in his feet so I offered him a pair of each the crew and ankle socks to try out. Thankfully I have large feet for a woman and he has smaller feet for a man so the sizing worked out.

After a week he shared his thoughts with me. His previous experience with socks designed for people with diabetes included socks purchased at our local drug store which he said were fine, but did have a tendency to slip down into his shoe. He was more impressed with the Diabetic Sock Club socks than other socks for diabetics he had worn. He was glad the top of the socks didn’t sag into his shoes but also didn’t feel tight or restrictive on his ankles or shins. The slightly padded heal was an added benefit as well. He also shared how he moisturizes his feet daily and the Diabetic Sock Club socks allowed his feet to absorb the lotion and breathe nicely, unlike some synthetic socks he has worn.

I love socks. Typically my socks are brightly colored and often have cuss words on them. I agreed to try socks from The Diabetic Sock Club because so many of my friends have diabetes or their child has diabetes and my children all have diabetes. While I believe health complications from diabetes are becoming less common due to increased technology and better health care, sometimes complications still happen, even with the best diabetes care. Complications in the feet and eyes are some of the most common complications when they do happen.

Everyone with and without diabetes should take care of their feet. Keep them dry and clean and protected. Wear good quality socks that don’t irritate your feet and provide the right support where your feet need it.

I only tried out two types of the socks available at Diabetic Sock Club. They have many styles to fit each persons needs.

I know socks aren’t especially sexy, but protecting your feet is important. I don’t know that I would have ever written anything about socks had I not been invited to try the socks from Diabetic Sock Club. I was sent the socks at no charge, but made no promises to share a positive review. My thoughts and words are my own.

Socks aren’t sexy, neither are helmets or seatbelts but we use helmets and seatbelts to protect ourselves from injury. Show your feet the same love and respect you show the rest of your body and your head.

If you currently wear socks specially made for people with diabetes and are curious if there is another brand that are of higher quality and are made in the USA maybe check out the Diabetic Sock Club.

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