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Article: How do bamboo socks help diabetics?

How do bamboo socks help diabetics? - We Are Hedgy

How do bamboo socks help diabetics?

We’ve spoken in the past about the benefits of bamboo socks, but did you know that bamboo socks are actually helpful for people who suffer from diabetes? In this article, we will explore what bamboo socks are, what the benefits of bamboo socks are, why they are good for diabetics, and how to choose the right pair of bamboo socks to suit you! Let’s jump in!

What are bamboo socks?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard that bamboo socks are the new craze sweeping the nation! But, in case you aren’t aware (seriously, where have you been?!), we will briefly remind you what bamboo socks are.

Exactly what they say on the tin, bamboo socks are socks made out of bamboo threads spun and knitted together. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on the planet, making it a perfect, sustainable option to make clothing out of. These socks aren’t usually made of 100% bamboo, as they wouldn’t be long-wearing and would be extremely expensive. Instead, bamboo threads are typically blended with other materials, to make socks that are not only very comfortable, but are also durable!

Here at Hedgy, we have worked hard to find the best material combination to balance comfort with longevity, and have come up with a cocktail of 80% bamboo, 17% spandex and 3% nylon.

How do bamboo socks help diabetics?

In addition to being environmentally friendly, comfortable, and cool, bamboo socks have many benefits due to their unique properties, especially for people who suffer from diabetes.

Moisture Management

Bamboo is naturally highly absorbent and can wick moisture away from the skin, keeping the feet dry. This is especially important for diabetics who may have reduced circulation and be prone to foot infections.

Softness and Comfort

According to Diabetes UK, nerve damage can be an incredibly dangerous symptom of diabetes. ‘The main danger of sensory neuropathy for someone with diabetes is loss of feeling in the feet, especially if you don’t realise that this has happened.’ This loss of feeling means that an individual could be injured or bleeding without being able to feel it. For people who suffer from circulatory challenges as well, it could affect their ability to heal, too.

Bamboo fibres are naturally smooth and round, making bamboo socks incredibly soft and gentle on sensitive skin. This can help prevent irritation and friction-related injuries, such as blisters and sores.

Thermal Regulation

Bamboo socks are breathable and thermoregulating, meaning they can help keep feet cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather. This helps maintain optimal foot temperature and can improve diabetic comfort.

Antibacterial Properties

Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties, which can help reduce the risk of bacterial and fungal infections on the feet, a common concern for diabetics with compromised immune systems.

Hypoallergenic

On top of all of this, bamboo fibres are less likely to cause allergic reactions compared to synthetic materials, making bamboo socks suitable for diabetics with sensitive skin or allergies.

Overall, bamboo socks can be incredibly beneficial for those suffering from diabetes. They can provide comfort, protection, and support, as well as help to promote foot health and reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes. However, it's essential to ensure that diabetics choose well-fitting socks and maintain good foot care practices - not just rely on bamboo socks.

How to choose the right pair of bamboo socks for you

Just like everything in life, not all bamboo socks are made equal. When shopping for bamboo socks for diabetics, several essential factors must be considered.

  • Make sure your bamboo socks fit correctly. Socks that are too tight or loose can lead to discomfort or even irritation, which can be dangerous for those who have diabetes. Bamboo socks come in various sizes, so ensure that you choose a pair that fits well.
  • Check the composition of the socks. As we discussed earlier, most bamboo socks are made of a combination of other materials, alongside bamboo. At Hedgy, our socks are made of bamboo, spandex, and nylon to ensure they are soft and comfortable. They can be stretched to reduce irritation and will be durable and long-lasting. Our percentage of bamboo (80%) means that our socks retain their breathable, antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties, whilst looking amazing and lasting a long time!
  • Consider the type of sock. Some people prefer a thinner sock for a more lightweight feel and to reduce the risk of overheating. Others, though, will choose a thicker sock to increase the warmth and cushioning. At Hedgy, we offer the best of both worlds. We have a range of lightweight socks that are perfect for those who prefer a thinner material, but we have also just introduced a range of sports socks, made out of a thicker material which will suit those who want a more cosy feel.

Choosing the right pair of bamboo socks will ensure you reap all the benefits of bamboo. Hopefully, these handy tips will help you to choose the perfect pair of bamboo socks.

How Hedgy can help

If you want socks that look good, are good for your health, and are also good for the environment, you’ve come to the right place!

Our bamboo socks are sustainable, chemical-free and have all of the top benefits of diabetic socks, without their dull look! Our thinner, animal-themed socks are all designed with UK animal prints to raise awareness of UK wildlife and environmental causes!

Browse our wildlife and farm-animal socks, or if simple and understated is more your vibe, why not check out our new bamboo crew socks!

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