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Diabetes and looking after your feet

285 million people worldwide have diabetes and this figure is set to rise. The UK has around 2.75 million people and the NHS spend approximately £1 million per hour treating diabetes and associated complications and every 30 seconds a leg is lost due to diabetes somewhere in the world.

So what products are available?

Footcare is the primary focus, shoes must be fitted correctly and this is more difficult for those with little feeling in the feet. Socks and hosiery are also very important and below are some products that are aimed to help people with diabetes.

Socks
Seam free socks are essential as they reduce the risk of rubbing or irritation. Different types are available.

Cotton Rich softhold Lightweight seam free
These come with a seam-free toe and have a softhold top which keeps the sock up and will not restrict circulation.

From £16 for a pack of three.

Wool- ultra seam free
Not only do they have a seam free toe but they have cushioned sole and heel areas for added protection. If you suffer from cold feet they will certainly help keep you warm.

From £16.50 for a pack of two

Luxury Bamboo seam free
The innovative use of different yarns has combined to make these socks unique. Fine knit bamboo feels luxuriously soft and silky against the skin. They are naturally anti bacterial to keep feet fresh and dry. Soft, merino wool mix used for the underfoot, toe and heel areas offers protection coupled with excellent climate control keeping the feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The yarn allows the socks to gently stretch to accommodate swollen feet and ankles. The fibre content is 67% Bamboo, 25% Merino Wool 6% Nylon and 2% lycra

From £10

Hosiery
Again look for seam free and a soft top which will hold the hosiery gently but firmly in place and won’t restrict circulation.

From £8.50 for a pack of two.


Shoes
There are several UK companies that supply footwear suitable for diabetics including DB shoes, Cosyfeet, Ecco and Merrell to name a few. Look for shoes that are extra roomy with minimal seams or seam free. You can also get male and female shoes which are seam free and made from stretchy material that will effortlessly mirror changes to the shape of your feet.

When buying shoes make sure they are comfy at the time of purchase and then regularly check inside with your hand for any foreign objects that could cause rubbing or sores.

I would recommend the Catherine or Debbie from the ladies range, by Cosyfeet, as they are seam free and lightweight and start from £49.17 without VAT. The male equivalent is something like the Oscar, Russ or Barty range.

From £54.17

New range of shoes now in store called Sandpiper.
These are a lovely new range of shoes that are perfect for swollen or sensitive feet but importantly they look very neat. Sandpiper have gone to great lengths to keep the appearance looking smart. There have been new colours and style added for this summer and a winner is called Wilcot. Please call for a sandpiper catalogue.

Poor circulation
Pain and swelling can get in the way of what you want to do. But it doesn’t have to be a part of life. The remarkable, award-winning, revitive Circulation Booster is scientifically proven to increase circulation, reduce swelling and relieve tired, aching legs – to help you get back on your feet again. This CE medical 2A device works by sending tiny electrical impulses through the nerve endings in the soles of your feet to the lower leg which, in turn, stimulates muscle contraction and improves your circulation.

Reasons to love the Circulation Booster

  • Reduces swollen feet and ankles
  • Alleviates tired and aching legs
  • Improves leg circulation
  • Increases temperature of the feet
  • Increases oxygenated blood in lower legs and feet
  • It’s so simple and easy-to-use
It is easy to use, has a convenient remote control plus it is mains powered so there is no need for batteries. Just 20 minutes a day could increase circulation and reduce the discomfort of swelling, aches and pains.

From £165.00



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